I came across a phrase that describes the antidote to this experience perfectly: “One nightmare at a time.” It applies to jiu-jitsu, but I think it applies in equal measure to life. Bad time at work? Maniacal boss? Devil of a colleague? Crushing amount of obligations and commitments? Attempting to deal with it all in one go is crushing. Response: “One nightmare at a time.” Focus on handling commitments and obliterating obligations.
Health issues? Bad back? Inefficient digestive system? Fragmented sleep? Carb-y, sugary diet? There’s no single, universal fix. Instead: “One nightmare at a time.” Get a good night’s sleep.
Whatever the constellation of problems, the solution—the sensible strategy—is “One nightmare at a time.”