Tick Tock. Waiting for someone else to do something before you can make your move. Tap, tap, tap. Waiting for the next piece to fall into place. Sigh. Waiting for the pieces to finally complete the puzzle. We have all been there!
So what are a few wise things to do while you wait?
I’m glad you asked!
Oftentimes waiting for the pieces to come together to complete the current situational puzzle is a stress-filled time. There is often hope or the promise of hope with the completed puzzle as well. With that combination, the following hacks or tips will allow you to press on or stay strong.
First, as much as possible cut out sugar, high carbs and caffeine. Why is the world would you want to do something so painful? Well most likely this shift will help you think more clearly and lower your anxiety. All these ingredients cause your thoughts to speed and then drop. When you are either in a place of needing to make wise decisions or a wise decision might be required of you at a moment’s notice, you don’t want to put yourself in a position where you might have a sugar, carb or caffeine crash.
Next, plan for sleep. While in a place of waiting, we want to resolve the issue and this will often impact our sleep. So do what you can to help your body and brain slow down and actually rest. The more deep rest you get, the more energy you can have for the day. This might mean turning down lights, turning off tech items more than an hour prior to sleep, taking a shower or bath, working out during the day, and even journaling or listing tasks prior to sleep.
Also, schedule exercise. The word “waiting” usually brings some form of tension or stress when we hear or read it, not to mention the actual experience of it. So schedule 30-60 minutes of exercise a day that matches your current health level. Start with some light cardio or ab workouts in the morning while you wait for the green tea to steep, then park a bit away from your next destination and walk it, every hour or two get in some stretches or more standing ab workouts and take the stairs two at a time to get some lunges in. All this will let your body release tension and stay alert.
Lastly, share the journey. No need to wait alone so call up some friends or loved ones and set time to visit, pray or encourage one another. Remember, in your waiting you don’t need to do it alone and it’s not all about you either. The more you share your journey and also help others with theirs; the waiting becomes slightly more bearable.
I hope these hacks and tips have helped give you a bit of a framework while you wait for your pieces of your puzzle to come together.
Let me know how it goes!
What’s worked for you with other times of waiting for the pieces to come together?
Liz Lawrence, MA, LPC-S is counselor, coach and creative who is passionate about people. She directs the Streams Counseling Center in Austin, Texas and co-leads the non-profit Renue.Me whose mission is to invest in the dreams of leaders in underprivileged communities around the world. Connect with her at www.lizlawrencelpc.com or www.renue.me
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