My Plate’s Too Full: Avoiding Emotional Triggers

Yikes! I took a look at all I had to do this week and screamed. I’m retired. I’m suppose to have all this free time to run, jump and play. To sit on my porch, get mentally lost watching the ripples in my pond and write an exciting chapter for my next mystery/romance novel.ID-100236677

But there I was. With a full plate of “have-to’s.” No time to write.  What I really wanted to do was crawl back into bed and pull the covers over my head. What is wrong with this picture?

I’m sure many of you connect to what I’m saying. Okay – maybe not the retirement part. We all are very busy with full plates of obligations; things we have to do for work, family, friends, or our community. What’s a person to do?

As the old knight said to the bad guy in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, “Choose wisely.” And I think these two words speak volumes. Choosing wisely allows us to take one item at a time and handle it to the best of our abilities. Just consider the circumstances and make the best choices possible given what we know at the moment. Doing this helps us remain in emotional control. Then it’s off our plate and on to the next item.

When we don’t choose wisely and put too many items on our to-do lists (plates), we feel overwhelmed.  A too full plate can trigger emotions like anger, frustration, anguish, guilt, anxiety, resentment. None of these emotions are helpful because they make the full plate seem more like a bottomless pit.

And emotions plays a strong role in how well we are living. Many of these emotional triggers grab us in ways that are unproductive. We need to release, to let go, to deactivate the trigger mechanisms of these emotions before we become trapped in the downward spiral of negativity they can create.

True, my point is not brain surgery. It’s really quite simple and logical. But full plates can overwhelm even the best organized person.

I’m working on clearing my plate. How are you doing with yours?

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