Both too many and too
few commitments can cause
Overcommitment occurs when
you don't make choices among the various options competing for your attention.
The result is being less committed to everything, which is stressful and
unsatisfying. Choosing among possible commitments is difficult, but it makes
life easier, less stressful, and more meaningful.
Letting go of a
commitment does not mean giving up. It means learning what's important to you,
recognizing that you have limits, and deciding carefully how you want to spend
your time and energy. You may have goals that are no longer as important to you
as they once were, and other goals that you neglect because you are spreading
yourself too thin.
People who are under a lot of
stress are more likely to be overcommitted than undercommitted. But sometimes
stress comes from a lack of commitment. If you need more commitment in your
life, think about what is important to you. Commitments made with an awareness
of who you are and what you want can be nurturing rather than stressful—the
better you know yourself, the more rewarding the commitment.
When you are ready to commit:
Don't commit when you are not ready. You are only
adding to the issues that require your energy. When you find yourself doing
this, interrupt your thoughts and repeat to yourself a phrase that reminds you
of your plan, such as "Don't borrow trouble."
May 3, 2013
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
& Steven Locke, MD - Psychiatry
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