Tips when you are feeling overwhelmed

I must admit that I am overwhelmed for two months now. I am happy, tired, irritated, and I feel a lot of emotions that I cannot even describe. Let me give you a gist of what happened for the past two months until now. I cannot list everything but these are the top things that made me feel like I’m a lunatic and fool, exhausted as hell maybe.

  • I do not want to say goodbye to someone I’ve had for too long, but I have to. Life’s like that and I have to accept it. Last year, I lost someone who’s dear to me and now, it happened again. I am not like this before and this is my first time experiencing great loss (that’s how I call it). I’d like to think they are stars, shining and always watching over me — that way, I’ll think of happiness whenever I see stars everywhere.
  • I was hired for a great open source project that I have no idea about. Yes, I did what I could to get in and did my part. But damn, the project is too hard, maybe because it is new to me and I am not a technical person. But it pays to try and I hope I’ll be able to help them with their documentation.
  • I think I’ve spread myself too thin, for being so giving to people, all in the name of love and friendship. I gotta let some people go, not because I don’t love them but because they do not deserve me. I know some people out there who are willing to reciprocate the love I give and who are willing to be there, esp. when I need them. I am not expecting something in return, but these are the kind of people who deserve all the love and attention in this world. I hope you will also get to find your own people. 🙂
  • Some things I’d rather not say because such things are not worthy of this space.

We are all human and it’s natural to feel this way. I know what I am feeling cannot be compared to those people who are sick, depressed, and those who are fighting for their lives. These people are my inspiration because amidst all that have happened to them, they have managed to pushed through with life and live their lives with color and vigor everyday.

Some of the tips I have done in order to feel less overwhelmed:

  • Rest, even for awhile. An adage says, “Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.”
  • Eat your comfort food or drink something that relaxes you.
  • Talk or listen to people who can make you feel at ease. If you are physically with “your people,” go hug them. Our pets are our family so hug and play with them, too.
  • Do something that makes you forget why you are overwhelmed in the first place.
  • If there’s a need to take a hiatus, go take it even in the midst of a pandemic.
  • Meditate or do nothing, in case you like to try something different because the above mentioned tips did not work.

Last but not least, we must be grateful that we are overwhelmed. We still can feel this “feeling that we do not want to feel” at times. This only means that we are all human and we are capable of feeling a lot of different emotions. It is definitely up to us to feel overwhelmed, remain to feel this way, or turn things around and make something wonderful. That is the kind of overwhelming feeling that I hope we all get to feel in this lifetime. Cheers!

I’m Broke But I’m Not Broken

Yep, you read that right. I am broke but I am not broken. I am broke in the financial sense of the word. Though I am born with food, shelter and clothing, I am broke but I must say I am still lucky. Oh, by the way, I am living on a day to day or week by week basis. I would find ways to earn just so my family and I can eat for a day or a week. It seems abnormal to me before until this abnormal thing became the most normal thing to me now.

I am lucky enough to be still breathing up to this day, as cliché as that may sound. For many years, I’m finding it hard to make ends meet. I am not saying this for you to pity me but I am inspiring you that broke people can be happy. Broke people are just broke and that’s just it. It took me years of practice to train my mind not to get affected by shitty people, unfathomable government, bad economy or whatever the fuck you want to name it.

It all boils down to our philosophy and the way we perceive things. The way we react to what happens to us is of paramount importance, too. Case in point, bad things happen mostly because we allow them to happen. Though at times it is not our fault, it is still our fault if we let the odds or the stress affect us. And, that’s the same with money. Yes, we are broke but we can just thicken our face and tell ourselves that this stage will soon be over. We can make it because we really can make it. We can do this because keeping our heads above the water is the only option there is.

It is not wishful thinking to be thinking this way. It’s just my way of thinking that I always tell myself that I will survive. I have to because I have a family to feed aside from the anaconda in my belly. It came to a point where I don’t want to eat anymore because I will end up hungry anyway. I bet many people can relate to this esp. the ones who live in a third world country. I am with all these people who live for their families, who still choose to live even if they don’t want to, who choose to work tirelessly and who choose to keep breathing until they reach their dreams.

To you reading this, if you are not broke, congratulations. You are one of the luckiest people in the world and I hope you share that “luck” if you ever believe in luck but I know that you know what I mean.

To the peeps who are like me, well, being broke rocks. Being broke sucks but then again, we always survive. So I guess, we can say that we too, are one of the luckiest people in the world. 😀

Why You Should Find Time to Do What You Love

We are all busy. We all get overwhelmed at one point or another. We have lots of things to do and even if we prioritize, chances are, it looks like time is never enough. True, but we could always find time to what we love if we really want to. For me, I always find time to write (blog, journal and snail mail). I do this before sleeping or upon waking up for at least 5 to 15 minutes. At least, I have 15 happiest minutes of my life before the day ends! 😀

Writing, like any other passion and hobby, takes time and dedication. Be it dancing, gardening, fencing, skydiving or whatever you think you would do, it’s going to take a bit of your time if not too much. But this is the only moment where time stops. This is the time when you feel very fearless because you are in your own element. You are doing what you love the most and you deserve it. You deserve good times in this lifetime.

Parents and people who dedicated their time taking care of other people can have an excuse to this. But if you’re doing otherwise, basically there’s no excuse not to do what you love doing. Life is too short to be stuck in something that you don’t like to do. Having a work that you don’t love but gives you money is another story but most people do it to survive. However, if you can have the work of your dreams, go ahead and take it. If it’s hard to find, do something to achieve it and be open to other stuff as well.

At the end of the day, we all feel tired and used up. But if we do what we do best which is also the one thing that we like doing, we’d feel fulfilled even when we’re exhausted to death. Remember, one of the good ways to be fulfilled and happy is to do what you love. We are still alive so the good thing is, we still have this wonderful chance to do what we love doing. Let us not miss this wonderful chance.

If we don’t find time to do what we love, we will never find it. 🙂

“Life will always get busy, make time to do the things you love.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita, Beautiful Quotes

What are your Top 10 Great Things?

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a list. I’ve been damn busy and I guess, overwhelmed with my numerous activities the past month! So, I decided to start posting a list again. I’ll try to post every Thursday/Friday, at least twice a month. Forgive my cliches for now. Share me your list in the Comments section. Let me know what you think. 🙂

Top 10 Great Things That I Lurve
1.  Icebreakers – delicious!
2.  Sunshine – reminds me to become one, too.
3.  Shade of trees – relaxing!
4.  Eggs – fast cooking ‘coz I’m lazy!
5.  Seeing planes in the sky – what a beautiful sight!
6.  Long Walks – my favorite exercise!!!
7.  Solitude – my so-called meditation…
8.  Cat and Dog – my “cute” family 🙂
9.  Drawing – bec. I feel I have more time!
10. Music – bec. I can feel my time stops and I love it.
What’s yours? ‪#‎greatthings‬ to keep u ‪#‎happy‬ 🙂

Wave with a Friend

Having my first wave shared with my friend on a hot December day is what I consider a best day ever! 🙂

After SUPing, we had some goofy pics and here’s one shot of us…

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* Daily Prompt: The Best Day Ever

Our Day

You have been named supreme ruler of the universe. Your first order of business is creating and instituting a holiday or festival in your honor. What day of the year is your holiday? What special events will take place? Describe YOU DAY in as great a detail as you can muster: the special foods we’ll consume, the decorations we’ll use…everything.

Our Day is the name I will call my You Day. My You Day is not complete without all the other people in the universe and that includes our beloved animals and all loved ones, dead and alive. Our Day is a day of celebration and it will last for 7 days where the last day will be a day of Thanksgiving. Since I am the ruler of the universe, I want Our Day to be extended to a week but the official Our Day starts on the 10th day of the year. That is my beer day (birthday) so to speak. Since not all people celebrate Christmas and New Year, it would be nice to have a celebration after January 1.

All foods can be eaten but on the first day of Our Day, only healthy foods must be eaten — that is to prepare the body well for the next 6 days full of fun. Our Day will be the kind of festivity no one would dare forget. Activities would depend on each country and would respect their cultures. But for the whole week of Our Day, gratefulness and happiness would be the highlight of the holiday event. Problems and hate would be put aside as we all celebrate the goodness in each and everyone of us. All people would spread some love all because this is Our Day!

Our Day is also your day. Our Day is yours. Be happy not just this day but all year round. 🙂

* Daily Prompt: Festivus for the Rest of Us

One of the Keys to Happiness

~ One of the keys to happiness is to stay away from assholes. – Bliss Steps

I have learned that if we want to be happy, we better choose the ones who we want to interact with. If that is not possible, better stay away and not let their negativity rub off the positivity running in our veins. In the end, it all boils down to our ‘choice.’