Music... I always have certain songs that bring me right back to the basics of me... I'll go and listen to them, ideally on top of the box car next to my house while watching a sunset... it refreshes me for days!
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!
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