The Calming Power of Lists
Are you the creative type? Do you like learning and doing new things that make your brain feel good and your mind feel amazing? Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed by how much you want to learn and do with your creative self? If you answered YES, you are not alone. I am also one of those people who love to learn and are willing to learn so many things, but have also learned the power of setting my boundaries because I was feeling overwhelmed by what I needed to get done and what I kept remembering I needed to do.
I ran across a great way to help calm this overwhelming feeling. Simply, you create lists. When you focus the mind you will calm down and it will give you a purpose in the moment instead of having a runaway train thought pattern. This helps us build more awareness around what you really want and will help end the procrastination to allow you to relax about the ideas you want to accomplish. Here is my mind at it’s best: I sit down to get some work done and all of a sudden my mind says, “don’t forget to do this… oooo, and don’t forget to call… and look for this…” This could go on for a good 15 minutes and then all of a sudden I will realize that I have lost some precious research time. This is where the lists come in handy. Just remember, when you create your list it doesn’t mean that you have to also “complete” the list, it just is a place for you to store your ideas of what will need to be done at a later date, or just use them to clear your mind and become more creative and productive. Lists can also help you calm the mind when you feel overwhelmed by a current task you are working on. You can start writing a list and that will free up your mind to start thinking in another direction. When you do this, you free your mind to be more creative and you may just come up with the solution to the problem.
Here are a few lists that you can create when you are feeling overwhelmed:
1. Every item in your kitchen.
2. Various products that you use every day.
3. Documentaries you want to watch.
4. Things that are overrated.
5. Foods that are green.
6. Crushes you had in middle school or high school.
7. Gift ideas for everyone in your life.
8. Favorite games you like to play on game night.
9. Restaurants you want to try.
10. Top things you love about a friend and then share it with them.
11. Party theme ideas.
12. Everything you would have in your dream home.
13. Your favorite phone apps.
14. All the different names of flowers that you like.
15. What you would take on a road trip.
16. Different names for baby bunnies.
17. Meals you are going to prepare and eat this week.
18. A “Parking lot” for all the various things you would like to accomplish in the next three months.
19. Books you would like to read.
20. Reasons you are awesome.
21. Fun things you would love to do on your free time.
22. Ideas for your blogs or journals.
23. Movies that always make you laugh.
24. Everything you think you learned in high school.
25. Everything you have accomplished today so far.
Paulette Fara is a licensed Art of Feminine Presence® teacher and Teacup Wellness Coach. She has a passion for inspiring women to make healthy lifestyle changes and incorporates various modalities for the mind, body and soul promoting more productivity, creativity and courageous, happy women in the workplace as well as at home. Her work has helped women develop a physical and energetic presence that attracts an air of confidence and poise.