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Most of Us Know When We Are Over-Committed

By Sandy Schroeder

When we become overloaded, everything begins to swirl around like fall leaves in a breeze, and everything waits to be finished.  If you have been there, you know this often happens in the fall as holidays loom. 

If it is hard for you to say no, your fall schedule can just keep growing until you yell "Stop!" Or maybe you will see some of these symptoms pop out instead, according the writers at

Grumpiness ramps up - Everyone avoids you before you have your coffee in the morning. Or people at work smile, wave and just keep going. When you look in the mirror you realize you are scowling.

Tears or screeches just spill out - When something gets broken, or the phone won't stop ringing, you may just give in to tears or very unflattering screeches. Later you have to apologize as you wonder how you got there.

Favorite reruns on TV beckon - When no one can find you, you may be hiding out in your favorite chair watching a great old series, or just flipping the channels, looking for something.

You go out less - Forgetting to call back friends, or be the one to reach out, you may be staying in more and seeing less of your friends. You may have more time, but feel less energy and connection with everything.

You buy more chips and cookies - Munching goes very well with more time online surfing, or watching old movies. When you are not looking, you pick up some pounds.

Plans and lists fall into limbo - In the morning, fresh lists look good but gradually slip away as you add to the lists and watch your work grow.

Hobbies fade - Special projects, new books to read or recipes to try, all wait, as you struggle to just get through all of the regular stuff.

If this sounds too familiar you may want to make a short new list that highlights some very doable projects each day. Call them action items and make sure most of them get done, but don't add any. Then make a new list the next day and see if you can polish it off. 

You will still get demands accumulating, but you may be actually finishing projects. Gradually, it may be easier to finish key jobs and hold the line on others. Inevitably, there will still be chaotic days, but if it seems to be improving, keep going. You are on the right track.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Mt.Juliet, Tenn.

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