“Stop the world, I want to get off!”
That (the name of a 60s musical) was what my mother used to say when things got too much.
When she needed a break.
We’ve all had that feeling, right?
We’re completely overwhelmed. There’s so much to think about and so much to do that we start to feel upset. Like we can’t cope.
That’s completely understandable.
And yet… most of the time we don’t stop the world.
Instead, like good boys and girls, we carry on: We do our work, we run our errands, we think our thoughts… all the time feeling more overwhelmed and more upset.
The trouble is, we’ve been conditioned to play our part and not let the side down. To be strong. To push on through.
But the truth is, that’s not the way to a healthy life. (And it certainly doesn’t make us feel better.)
Instead, in this situation, it’s often much better to say: Screw it!
Take some time away.
Goof off for a while.
Be a little bit selfish.
And here’s the funny thing: Immediately after we decide this, we relax. We feel our chests sink. Better chemicals fill our veins.
It’s as if we have given ourselves permission to… finally… do what is good for us.
The even more funny thing is, when we do this, we find ourselves in a better position to actually do what we need to do.
Without the self-imposed pressure of mental overwhelm, we give ourselves space to see the world with more clarity. We do what we need to do with more efficiency and greater ease.
It’s funny how it works.
Being good to yourself ends up being good for everyone.
Goofing off gets things done.
And maybe you no longer feel the need to stop the world and get off.