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                                                     Let It Go

June 23rd is Let It Go day, which is a good attitude when we’re feeling stressed out. I can’t tell you how many times a potential client has contacted me and said they’re totally overwhelmed with their situation or they’re frustrated by their lack of progress. Letting go doesn’t mean giving up, it just means finding a healthier perspective on the situation, so here are some options. The first way to Let It Go is to stop seeing your situation in a ‘big picture’ perspective. It can be totally overwhelming when you look at the mess in the kitchen and the clutter in the family room and the mudroom that makes getting out the door an obstacle course. Start by taking one room at a time and make a list of what needs to happen in that space only. Then, when you have a little bit of time, you can look at the list and say “I know I can do item #4 today.” Chip away at it little by little until you’ve marked off the items on your list. Any progress is good progress! 

The second way to Let It Go is to ask yourself “What is the worst thing that would happen if?...” Maybe you’re worried that you won’t have the house cleaned by the graduation party coming up later this month. What is the worst thing that will happen? Will people not have a good time – highly unlikely. Will people remember the cluttered kitchen counters – doubtful. That’s to be expected when you’re hosting a big group of people. If you have a good friend you can turn to, play out the worst case scenario game with them; they’ll likely help you see that your fears are unfounded and that you can cope with the situation better than you originally thought.  

A third way to Let It Go is to reframe your stress into gratitude instead. Ask yourself what is something that is good within the state of disorganization. For instance, something good within your cluttered kitchen is the sign that you’re making meals often for your family instead of resorting to take out every night. Something to be grateful for in the family room overrun with kids toys is the fact that they have such loving family members that shower them with gifts. Finding that silver lining to the dark clouds can help you relax a bit about your current situation.  

A final way to Let It Go is to redefine what relaxation means to you. You might not be able to get out of the house to the yoga class twice a week, but you might be able to find a YouTube yoga video that the kids can do with you and make it a fun family affair. You might not be able to afford going to the waterpark on vacation, but you might be able to soak in the bathtub once in a while after you’ve put the kids to bed for the night. If you can find one thing to do each day that brings you a bit of relaxation, it will help ease the level of stress you’re feeling. 

One thing that’s helped me when I'm stressed was to print out a poem literally called She Let Go by Safire Rose. See if it helps you too….