Your life is one big interruption. The phone. The kids. The boss. Everybody and everything needs your attention. So you scurry from one thing to the next, never having a chunk of time to do your own things in a serene way. You're resentful, frustrated, exhausted. When are you going to get a break?
Call a halt and do a little thinking and reorganizing. Consider this:
* Do you get in your own way by taking on too much? If you're overloaded, list things you do in priority order and eliminate the less important.
* Are you a prisoner of the "need to be needed" routine? If so, free yourself by recognizing that your self-worth need not be measured by how much you do for others.
* Do you have trouble saying "no" when others place demands on your time? If so, recognize that your health and a lowered stress level may be the reward for sometimes saying no.
Some interruptions are inevitable and need tending to -- sick kids, a meeting with the boss. Yet by providing time for yourself on an ongoing basis, you will be able to handle interruptions with more serenity.
Barbara Turk is a psychotherapist in private practice.