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Are You Over-Committed?

In a day and age when people often say, “People just don’t seem to have the commitment they used to have” (in the good ol’ days). They say, “People aren’t committed to their jobs or their marriages or their children, etc.”

I must admit… I find myself exhausted by the end of the day lately. Why? If I’m honest with myself, I think I’m over-committed.

Over-committed? In a time when people have lost their sense of commitment? Can someone be over-committed? Absolutely! Just ask a “do-er,” someone who is often busy and likes to get involved in things.

I do find I need to unwind at the end of my workday; just take a little time to decompress and rejuvenate my energy. I have started swimming for about 30 minutes when I get home. It’s wonderful, so relaxing; I can just feel the tensions of the day floating away.

How about you? How do you de-stress when you are feeling over-committed?
There are all kinds of things to do! You could:
• Swim
• Walk/Run/Bike
• Listen to music
• Meditate
• Read
• Watch a little TV
• Phone a friend
• Check your social media or email
• Snuggle with a loved one
• Have a cup of tea or coffee
I’m sure there are many more that you may prefer.

The point is over-committed people need to take some time to relax! If you are so over-committed that you honestly have NO time to relax, then it may be time to re-evaluate your commitments. Something probably needs to go. If you can’t relax and rejuvenate, you run the risk of getting run down and possibly becoming ill. Then what good are you to all those things you are committed to?

Sure, be busy, be involved, but be smart. Relax. You can do it!

*Pam Horton is a certified Stress Management coach in the Raleigh area.*

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