When you are deep in the thickness of overwhelm you can’t even see a way out let alone make time to do the things which could change everything.
When you are the observer of someone who is stuck it is so easy to get frustrated with them. Why can’t they just do the thing… why can’t they prioritise the thing which will take them out of where they are?
They seem stuck in a cycle of fire fighting and they can’t seem to help themselves.
You can throw the odd life raft of an idea and yet they take no action.
It’s important to remember that it is not their fault. It is not your fault. It is the way of the modern world.
People stick out jobs which are destroying them as they are too depressed to take action, too overwhelmed to take action or too confused to take action.
They allow themselves to stick at it far too long as they don’t have the time or energy to do anything else.
The thing is though that while we remain in the uncomfortable state of treading water we will be forever in that deep water. We will never reach the shore or the side of the pool while we simply tread water.
We NEED to find a way to get to the edge and then get out at some point. Treading water gives us time but we need to make sure that this isn’t the activity which will see us through for years. Allow it to be a short stop gap while you gather your thoughts.
You NEED to MAKE time to plan your route, MAKE time to do things which are not just surviving in the haze of messy thoughts but which will take you to where you want to be.
So much easier said than done but incredibly important and one which will eventually save your life. If you tread water for too long then you will grow too tired and will give into the deep water below you. You must pull the energy and motivation from somewhere in order to set yourself free forever.