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13 Questions To Ask Yourself If You’re Feeling Overwhelmed

Posted in Life on June 14, 2017 by darkjade68




You skipped breakfast, your boss moved your deadline to the end of the day and you forgot to wear deodorant (again!). What do you do when it all feels like too much? Start by taking a deep breath and asking yourself a few of these questions.

Why Am I Overwhelmed?
“Overwhelm” is increasingly common as demands on human attention increase exponentially. The human brain just wasn’t designed to handle the environment we inhabit. For the vast majority of world history, human life—both culture and biology—was shaped by scarcity. Food, clothing, shelter, tools and pretty much everything else had to be farmed or fabricated, at a very high cost in time and energy. Knowledge was power, and it was hard to come by; for centuries, books had to be copied by hand and were rare and precious. Even people were scarce: Friends and relatives died young (as late as 1900, life expectancy in the United States was approximately 49 years). This kind of scarcity still rules the world’s poorest regions. But in the developed world, hundreds of millions of us now face the bizarre problem of surfeit. Yet our brains, instincts and socialized behavior are still geared to an environment of lack. The result? Overwhelm—on an unprecedented scale. –Martha Beck

Am I Really Busy or Does It Just Feel This Way?
Most of us judge how busy we are by how much we have to do. When there are too many things to do, we think we’re busy, and when there isn’t much to do, it feels like we’re not busy at all. But in fact, we can feel busy when there isn’t that much to do, and we can feel relaxed even when there’s a lot going on. The states of “busy” and “not busy” aren’t defined by how many things there are to do. Contrary to popular opinion, there is no such thing as multitasking; the brain can tend to only one thing at a time. Being too busy or not being busy is an interpretation of our activity. Busy-ness is a state of mind, not a fact. No matter how much or how little we’re doing, we’re always just doing what we’re doing, simply living this one moment of our lives. –Norman FischerWhat’s the Priority Here?
Think about it: Humans are the only creatures in nature that resist the pattern of ebb and flow. We want the sun to shine all night, and when it doesn’t, we create cities that never sleep. Seeking a continuous energetic and emotional high, we use everything from exciting parties to illegal chemicals. But natural ebbs—the darkness between days, the emptiness between fill-ups, the fallow time between growing seasons—are the necessary complements of upbeats. They hold a message for us. If you listen at your life’s low points, you’ll hear it, too. It’s just one simple, blessed word: Rest.–Martha Beck

What If I Don’t Have Enough Time?
There are two problems with time. The first one is that after a certain number of hours fatigue inevitably sets in. After that, you make more mistakes, you get into more conflict with co-workers, you’re less creative and you’re less efficient. The second problem with time is that it’s finite, and most of us don’t have any of it left to invest. Our dance cards are full. For example, in an effort to get more done, one of the first things we’re willing to sacrifice is sleep.But consider this disturbing fact: Sleeping even a single hour less than our bodies require reduces our cognitive capacity dramatically. Much as we try, we can’t fool our bodies. Consider this statistic: Even a single hour less sleep than you need to feel fully rested takes a significant toll on your capacity to think clearly and logically when you’re awake. Sacrificing sleep is self-defeating. So, what’s the solution? It’s not to manage your time better. It’s to manage your energy. –Tony Schwartz

Am I Surrounded by Energy Suckers?
Energy Suckers (a.k.a Negative Nancies, Debbie Downers and Sad Sids). These are the people who find the cloud around every silver lining. If you can’t cut them out of your life entirely, turn your interactions with them into a game. When my neighbor says, “I hate this horrible weather!” I say, “Isn’t horrible weather great? It means I don’t have to wash my car!” –Donna BrazileDo I Have to Do It All by Myself?
Insisting on doing everything yourself burdens you and prevents others from feeling valuable and needed. Delegate more at home and at work, and free your time for things you love and excel at. –Julie Morgenstern

What Would It Take for Me to Just Say No?
Most people claim they give in to sudden requests because they hate letting others down. I say it’s more about not disappointing ourselves: We’re hooked on feeling needed. If we take a hard look at ourselves, we might see that we unwittingly encourage people to come to us for every little thing. Interruptions can also be a welcome distraction. Faced with an unpleasant task, we’re more than happy to turn our attention elsewhere. Finally, we often don’t say no because of simple disorganization. In a choppy and shapeless day, we handle disruption immediately because we figure, if not now, when? While it’s important to be reasonably accessible to the people you live and work with, you don’t want to spend most of your waking hours in helper mode at the expense of completing your own critical tasks. Even if you’re in crisis management or, for that matter, if you’re a stay-at-home mom, you need to prioritize requests. Otherwise you get trapped in a whirlwind of multitasking where you start many things and finish nothing. –Julie MorgensternIs My Stuff Taking Over My Life?
Every single person I have met tells me not only about their own clutter problems but about those of a family member, or those of a friend. Nobody seems immune. The stories are not dissimilar—papers and magazines run amok, garages overflow with unopened boxes, kids’ toys fill rooms, and closets are so stuffed that it looks like the clothing department of a major retailer is having a fire sale. The epidemic of clutter, the seeming inability to get organized, and the sense that “the stuff” is taking over affects us all. We are at the center of an orgy of consumption, and many are now seeing that this need to own so much comes with a heavy price: kids so overstimulated by the sheer volume of stuff in their home that they lose the ability to concentrate and focus. Financial strain caused by misplaced bills or overpurchasing. Constant fighting because neither partner is prepared to let go of their possessions. The embarrassment of living in a house that long ago became more of a storage facility than a home. This clutter doesn’t come just in the form of the physical items that crowd our homes. We are bombarded every day with dire predictions of disaster and face many uncertainties—some real and many manufactured. Think about the perils that we’ve been warned about in the last decade alone—killer bees, Y2K, SARS, anthrax, mad cow disease, avian flu, flesh-eating bacteria…the list goes on and on. We are also faced daily with reports of war, an unstable economy and global terrorism coming very close to home. Surprisingly, this endless barrage (its own kind of clutter) inspires many of the families with whom I work to finally take control of their own clutter. In an unpredictable, dangerous world that is out of their control, they look to their homes for stability—to get some degree of organization back into their closets, their garages, their home offices, their lives. This quest for organization is a deeply personal response to the feeling that the rest of the world is out of control. –Peter Walsh

But, I Want So Much. Will I Ever Be Enough?
When we are busy focusing on what we don’t have, we don’t pay attention to what we do have. Wanting is different from having. Wanting is in the future. It is based on an idea of what might make you happy in five minutes, tomorrow, next week. But having is here, now. Most of us don’t let ourselves have what’s in front of us, so we’re always wanting more. When you don’t let yourself have what you already have, you are always hungry, always searching, always restless. –Geneen Roth

Am I Breaking Out Because I’m Stressed Out?
As the mind-skin connection gains credence, beauty companies have seized on the new marketing opportunity, launching serums and balms that they say cater specifically to the effects of stress on the skin. Without any independent clinical trials to back up these product claims, dermatologists are skeptical about how effective they might be. But doctors do advocate paying extra attention to your skin during tumultuous times. “If you already use acne products, increase the frequency of application when you’re entering a stressful period,” says Fried. And because skin’s immunity is impaired when you’re under stress, making you more susceptible to sun damage, he says, it’s even more important to apply (and reapply) sunscreen. A bonus: Taking special care with your daily beauty regimen may help soothe your spirits as well as your skin. Fried conducted a study in which 32 women used an alpha hydroxy acid lotion on their faces for 12 weeks. Their skin felt smoother in the end, but the participants also reported feeling happier in general. “As soon as these women saw an improvement in their skin, it fostered a wider-reaching sense of optimism,” says Richard Fried, MD, PhD, a dermatologist and clinical psychologist. “Their feelings of stress or depression also decreased because they felt more in control—over their skin, their bodies, their world.” –Jenny Bailly

Is All Stress Bad?
Short-term stress triggers the production of protective chemicals and increases activity in immune cells that boost the body’s defenses; think of it as having your own personal repair crew. “A burst of stress quickly mobilizes this ‘crew’ to damaged areas where they are likely to be needed,” explains Firdaus Dhabhar, PhD, director of research at the Stanford University Center on Stress and Health. As a result, your brain and body get a boost. A quick surge of stress can stave off disease: Studies suggest that it strengthens the immune system, makes vaccinations more effective, and may even protect against certain types of cancer. Small amounts of stress hormones can also sharpen your memory. In 2009 University at Buffalo researchers found that when rats were forced to swim—an activity that stresses them out—they remembered their way through mazes far better than rats that chilled out instead. The key, of course, is balance. Too little stress and you’re bored and unmotivated; too much and you become not just cranky but sick. “It’s important to pay attention to your stress thermometer,” and to stay below the boiling point, explains life coach Ruth Klein, author of The De-Stress Diva’s Guide to Life. –Melinda Wenner Moyer

Is It Better to Fight Anxiety or Is It Okay to Be Nervous?
Accept that you’re having an anxiety moment—trying to squelch or deny it will only make it worse—and just focus on what’s in front of you, says David Barlow, PhD, founder of the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University. If you’re at an interview, meeting or party, listen intently to what the other person is saying. Make eye contact. When it’s your turn to speak, be conscious of every word you say. If you’re at your desk, respond to overdue e-mails or tackle the pile in your in-box. Whatever you’re doing, take a few deep breaths to help let the anxious thoughts and feelings float on by. –Naomi Barr

How Do I Stop Focusing on the Clock?
The elimination of time from your consciousness is the elimination of ego. It is the only true spiritual practice. Here are three exercises to help you move in this direction:

  • Step out of the time dimension as much as possible in everyday life. Become friendly toward the present moment. Make it your practice to withdraw attention from past and future whenever they are not needed.
  • Be present as the watcher of your mind—of your thoughts and emotions as well as your reactions in various situations. Be at least as interested in your reactions as in the situation or person that causes you to react.
  • Use your senses fully. Be where you are. Look around. Just look, don’t interpret. Be aware of the silent presence of each thing. Be aware of the space that allows everything to be. Listen to the sounds; don’t judge them. Listen to the silence beneath the sounds. Touch something—anything—and feel and acknowledge its Being. Allow the “isness” of all things. Move deeply into the Now. –Eckhart Tolle




Posted in Life on May 27, 2017 by darkjade68




QUOTE CREDIT – Original Post Here PICTURE CREDITS – MysteriousMysterious & Sunset

RIP Roger Moore (007)

Posted in Film, Life, Movie, Movies with tags , , on May 23, 2017 by darkjade68



Posted in Life, Poem, Poetry, Writing with tags , on April 22, 2017 by darkjade68



She keeps up warm…

And Cool

She is the Strength below us

The Sky around us

She Breathes as we do…

Hungers, and Lives as we do

She is Beautiful

She is a Gift

She is our Home





Posted in Life, Writing on April 10, 2017 by darkjade68



Appreciate What, And Who You Have In Your Life…

Because The Moment You Don’t, Something Will Happen, And You’ll Plea To The Universe That Things Might Be Back The Way They Were A Week Ago…

It Is Human Nature To Want More, And To Want To Progress…

But It Is Also Our Nature To Take Things For Granted…

Take A Hold Of That, And You’re Likely To Have A Better Life…


So Much Of Life Is About Perspective…

Don’t Be Apathetic, And You Will Reap The Rewards Of A More Fulfilling Life…

Rich, Or Not… Dreams Fulfilled, Or Not… Be Awake.



The Principles Of Rain

Posted in Life, Poem, Poetry, Writing on March 27, 2017 by darkjade68



Shed your skin…



Let Truth guide you…

Chime in

Quit wasting time…

It is Vast

But it is Fleeting…

Avoid not the Mirror

It does not lie…

Sing if you have to

Know you’re right…

No one can tell you how to be you

Break the ice…

Shatter Device

Shade of grey it…

Make yourself at home

Be The Light

And Breathe…

Breathe Deep

Balance is everything



Posted in Life, Psychology, Writing with tags , , , , on March 22, 2017 by darkjade68


I Was In Corporate America For A Long Time… Well, A Long Time For Me Anyway 1988-2002 (With A Bit More In 2006)

I Work From Home Now, But My Girlfriend Is Out There… And Some Of The Things She’s Recently Been Dealing With, Took Me Back, And Inspired Me To Write This.

This Is About Employees, And For Employers.

Share It With Whoever You Like… Even Your Boss, lol



 by James Mahoney/DarkJade

Do you care about your employees?

If the answer is no, than they know it.

If the answer is yes, then show it.




In a world of cell phones, laptops, internet, drones, telephones and Emails…

One thing is clear.

Are heads are down, and our minds are closed to what’s around us.

Now is a time when it is harder than ever to make a direct, human connection with someone.

Yes technologically speaking, it’s a small world.

But in reality, it’s still a large one.

We’re locked in a tunnel vision of a sort, to whatever it is we’re focused on…

…be it in our ears, or in our hands.

How many millions of people have been killed, or mamed, because of drivers on cell phones, either talking, or worse, texting.

The numbers are there, even if we can’t/don’t see them.

But this isn’t a lecture…

…this is an illumination of a path that lays right before us.

And all we have to do is unplug, look and listen…

…this is the preface of true direct connection.

Out of our heads…

Into our bodies…

In the moment.



For the sake of story, lets call our boss ‘Sam’.

Sam – “How are you today John?

John – “I’m good sir, thank you.”

This isn’t enough.

Who are these people that work for you?

That work with you?

Sam – “Well, this is John… He works in our IT department.”

Ok, well, that sucks.

Let me rephrase.

“Does this excite you?”

Do you now wish you worked in IT for Sam?

Who is John?

Time for you to find out.



Take your employees to lunch.

Take them in groups, take them in droves, but take them to lunch.

If possible, one on one lunches are the best.

One On One;

  • Find out about their lives before they came here.
  • Find out about their current lives.
  • Find out about theirs hopes and dreams

And don’t fire them if their dreams don’t include working for you.

Keep it Personal, even if they include their career aspirations.

The world doesn’t revolved around the employer.

Never has…

…never will.

Despite the ‘prisons’ they might create.

Have lunch with your Employee (‘s) once ever 6 months (One On One, Or Group If Necessary)

Group Lunches;

  • Fun (Your Boss is taking you to Lunch)
  • Find out where they want to eat (Within Reason)
  • Interact/Make the rounds with each of them, even if it’s just a pat on the shoulder and a hello
  • Ask them to choose somewhere they’d all like to go in 3 months, as a group, with you (Bowling, Laser Tag, The Movies, Miniature Golf Etc.)

Bring Your Employees Lunch;

It’s ok to also bring Lunch in for your Employees…

…but you don’t need to be present for that.

But if you are, it’s probably a good thing.

Bringing lunch in does not replace One On One Lunches, or taking them Out For Lunch.



It is essential that your Employees aren’t answering to self serving/absorbed @#%#@!

Or you can kiss each of them goodbye…

Some might stay and take it, but they will be miserable.

Is that what you want?

Then don’t hire ‘not good’ Managers.

What makes a Good Manager?

Maybe I’ll go into that another time, but this is about the Employee (Employees).



Pull them aside for one on one meetings.

Make sure things are doing ok in their work environment.

Ask them to be honest, their answers will likely directly affect the environment…

…thus making them ‘Co Architects’ of their work happiness.

Ask them how their lives are outside of work.

Check on them.



They are not the only ones that will benefit from this.

Do this every 3 months.

You don’t need to fix their outside lives, but show them you care.

Listen… Learn.

And any information they can tell you that will improve their at work life, well, there you go, you just saved money on getting a Consultant.

They know best what’s up…

…and the quickest route to fix it.



Figure out a way to give Employees an opportunity to make more money…

To grow with the Company.

Don’t keep all the new profits for yourself.

When you walk into your Company, you want to be greeted by ‘Co Creators’.

People who directly affect the success you’re having.

You want ‘Warm Authentic’ smiles coming your way.

Earn them.



Do you care about your Employee (‘s)?

Do you know your Employee (‘s)

Knowing them will make it a whole lot easier to care for them.

Lets begin…