Overwhelmed. Uncertain. Hopeless. Tired. These are words I’m hearing people say everyday when they describe their current thoughts and feelings.

Chaotic Time

The last few months have been unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. It’s a chaotic time, and people are left wondering…

How do I process all of this?
Where do I go from here?
How do I get relief?

Looking at your news feed can be soul crushing. It causes worry and anxiety and can be a huge distraction in your life.

Pay attention to warning signs.

8 Warning Signs You’re Mentally and Emotionally Exhausted

1. You are easily irritated.

2. You are always feeling low and lack motivation in your life.

3. You experience fits of anxiety quite often.

4. You can’t sleep properly.

5. You sense a kind of detachment.

6. You cry for no reason at all.

7. You feel dizzy and nauseous.

8. You are constantly tired.

I’ve been on the leading edge of some of these. The first one can be a full on experience, which is why I’m avoiding Twitter. How about you?

A Path Forward

Here’s steps you can take on your path forward that will make you unstoppable.

1. Acknowledge the moment.  We’re writing history.  Without a doubt, the world will look back on 2020 as a year that felt like a decade and shaped a century.

2. It’s OK to not be OK. God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change what I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

3. Self care is not selfish.  Give yourself a break, even just ten minutes. Eat an apple.  Stand up and stretch.  Gaze out the window.  When you give yourself a break you’ll have capacity to cut others some slack.

4. See with new eyes. “The real journey of discovery consists not in looking for new lands but in seeing with new eyes.” Marcel Proust   Merling Sapene shared the quote in a Processing the Pivots Webinar, hosted by Pastor Patti Miller at Evangel Church, Montreal.

5. Living next door to the fridge does not make a for a good neighbor.  Counting to ten before you open the door can keep you from disaster.

6. Watch something, do something, or learn something that is fun or at least can make you laugh.  I’ve tried to make time everyday to catch some part of Kelly Clarkson’s Show.  Kelly is fun and makes me smile and she won an Emmy for doing just that.

Know that you are deeply loved by God just the way you are and that you don’t have to be so hard on yourself.

What are you doing to create a path forward? Please leave a comment at the bottom.


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Bob Jones

Bob Jones

Happily married to Jocelyn for 41 years. We have two adult sons, Cory and his wife Lynsey and their son Vinnie and daughter Jayda; Jean Marc and his wife Angie and their three daughters, Quinn, Lena and Annora. I love being a pastor and inspiring others through communicating, blogging, and coaching. I enjoy writing, running, reading, and ball hockey. I'm a fan of the Esks, Bruins, Celtics, Red Sox and Pats. Follow me on Twitter @bobjones49ers

4 Comments

  • Julie MacKenzie says:

    This time really hasn’t caused me any major emotional upheaval. One thing it has taught me….not to take the small things for granted. Going to a movie, going out for dinner with friends, concerts, going to church, going for a coffee with a friend, going out dancing with a bunch of my friends, not taking my job for granted. It is an awakening…a huge wake-up call. If God did one thing…it was to give a huge slap on everyone’s back to wake them up to the mess we have left this world in. There are good things…but, alot of messed up issues. So, we all have a little time on our hands to figure out what is the most important to us. For me, my family & friends & my health, and my faith. A time for reflection. It has been a good time for me….certainly, longer than I ever anticipated…but a blessing in disguise. I know others might not see it this way…but, everyone has their own perspective. Even in this COVID, I will always find the positive side of life & will always find the opportunity to laugh with the ones that I love. 🙂

  • Diane Roed says:

    Thank you Bob for your awesome insight with words. Today… this is definitely what I needed to read…absorb it and now live it.

    With a changing world… work has been increasingly busy… changes have been made… and I don’t like change, especially when it affects me directly at work. It’s hard for me to accept, as some of my customers are being rerouted to another driver. I have met so many fantastic people!

    Thank you again for writing wisdom!

  • Bob Jones says:

    Glad to be of help, Di. Thank you for reading and sharing. Nice to be on the same team as you.

  • Bob Jones says:

    Hi Julie. A person can’t go wrong figuring out what’s most important to them. Great exercise.

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