A lot of the time, the only thing I can do is just keep going. Most of my loss of focus is caused by being overwhelmed, and I just have to stop, breathe, and plow forward. I always get caught up, and it sure feels good when that happens. Then I breathe some more and think of how to celebrate my success.
I tend to stress myself almost into immobility. I say "almost" because, by sheer strength of will, I don't stop, but it sure feels like I should.
A case in point: I've been learning the Tamil language lately, with a very patient teacher (via Skype; she lives in Pittsburgh). I do my practice (perhaps not enough), and refresh my memory just before class. Then the phone call starts and I forget everything (I'm getting better -- last class I only forgot ALMOST everything). My head feels funny (I've seen it described as "head pressure" or "spinning" but it really isn't either of those and is both). But I finish the lesson. I let my teacher know when it gets too much, and 10 or 15 minutes later we finish the lesson. I'm really making progress -- it's not easy at all to learn a language which is not even remotely related to the one you grew up with, and is based on a wholly foreign culture. I just have to pat myself on the back for my progress (something my teacher does more than I do, but I'm getting better) and study some more.
I overcame my spiritual obesity, now for the physical!
| current weight: 204.6