Have you ever let the crazy in?
You know … when people or things are crazy around you and it makes you all crazy on the inside. So crazy it makes your head hurt, or your heart ache, or makes you act in a way that doesn’t align with who you know you are. Crazy enough that you lose sleep, patience, and clarity. Yes, that crazy.
How to recognize when you are letting the crazy in …
- you can’t sleep
- you are driving friends crazy talking about the crazy
- you are eating or drinking too much (or not enough)
How to recognize if you are making the crazy …
- you are obsessing over things that are none of your business
- you are driving friends crazy because you are acting crazy
- you can’t possibly imagine that you are the crazy maker
Let’s face it. Sometimes we are the crazy.
Whatever the case may be, it’s time to quit the crazy. We have important work to do in the world, beautiful days to enjoy, like-hearted people to connect with, 7-8 hours of sleep to savor. We owe it to ourselves and the people we love to keep the crazy on the outside.
10 Ways to Quit the Crazy
Connect to your breath not just as a remedy, but as preventative medicine by developing a daily practice that invites you to breathe. Over time, the stillness you create on the inside acts like a force field against outside craziness all day long.
Some kinds of crazy require a really long walk, but often a short stroll to shake it off will do.
If you really start thinking about how crazy the crazy is, laughter is inevitable.
Take a bath. Cuddle a puppy. Call a friend. Do what it takes to soothe your soul.
Don’t engage. Just notice. Write about it. Let it go. Your heart will thank you.
Turn off the news. Don’t answer the phone. Remove the Facebook app. Make a little space for yourself to rest and renew.
Maybe you let the crazy in, or discovered you are the crazy this time. Either way, forgive yourself. Start over.
Perhaps you don’t have to do anything right now. Being you, being still, that’s enough for today.
“You don’t have to show up to every argument you’re invited to.” – Mandy Hale (no need to elaborate here)
If you are feeling anxious, or worried, or upset about the craziness around you, engage in an activity you love or serve others with love. When you turn your focus to helping, you’ll forget all about the crazy.
Choose to under-react. Choose to take a few (hundred) deep breaths. Choose a long walk. Don’t let the crazy in.
Just because everything is crazy around you doesn’t mean everything has to be crazy within you.