There are some days when everything gets to be a bit much. We’ve all been there. When Feeling Overwhelmed Sends You Running For Cover will help you come out from hiding and get back to life.
“The challenge in my life really is keeping the balance between feeling creatively energized and fulfilled without feeling overwhelmed and like I’m in the middle of a battlefield.” – Amanda Palmer
You can keep trying to do it all without stopping, but eventually, you will burn yourself out. It’s time to take charge and get things under control.
They say that life won’t give us more than we can handle. I disagree. Sometimes life can keep throwing curveballs at you on a continuous stream.
During times like these, we can feel paralyzed until things get so bad we have no choice but to start digging our way out.
Being an adult is hard. We are pulled in a thousand different directions, and seem to never be able to get ahead.
It’s time to change all that. Finding out tips from others who seem to effortless flow through life will help the rest of us mere mortals go through our days a little bit easier.
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Here’s What to Do When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed:
1) Stop everything.
You read that right. Stop everything you’re doing and breathe. It’s going to be ok. You’re doing too much without replenishing yourself and its time to take a break from it all.
Recently, I had an incredibly stressful day. I had deadlines to meet, endless things to do, and then a big storm hit our area and my power went out.
I wasn’t prepared for the power going out, and I couldn’t find anything except candles and four little boxes of matches. I had no idea where my flashlight and lantern were.
Not one of those matches worked. I’m guessing it was because they were pretty old. You can imagine how frustrated I was at this point.
So I decided to just lie on my bed in the complete darkness and just think. I breathed in and out and kept telling myself that everything was going to work out fine.
When you try and fight your way through something, it can get worse. So pause. Breathe. And say calming things to yourself.
Whether you take an afternoon off, a day off or even a week – its something you must do.
The feeling of overwhelm occurs when too much of you are going out, and you’re not replenishing your energy.
2) Evaluate yourself.
Take stock of your needs. Are they being met?
Are you drinking enough water? Eating the right healthy food? Getting enough sleep? Exercising your body to release tension?
If not, change your course and make sure you are fueling yourself for day to day living.
3) The must-do list.
Make a list of everything you must-do and start on those things first. After accomplishing each task, reward yourself with a treat.
You know the type of treats that motivate you, so pick something that you can look forward to after completing that big, hairy task.
4) Be grateful.
Spend a little time before going to bed each evening to give thanks for all you’ve been given. Being overwhelmed means, you have so many things to do because of all that’s right in your life.
Laundry is piling up because you have an awesome family. Dishes are in the sink because you have food to eat. Bills need to be paid because you’re able to heat your house, put gas in your car, enjoy the hot flowing water. You get the drift.
I put together a post on the best quotes for a grateful heart. Take a look here.
You’re not an island.
Recruit others to help you make your way through your tasks. Whether you hire projects out, ask for help via family and friends, or ask a neighbor for a family – now is not the time to be shy.
You need help, and a hand will be given.
6) Say no.
Now is not the time to take on anything else. It’s time to stop saying “yes” to everything and instead vote for self-care by saying “no.”
7) Get organized.
Not being organized can make tasks take so much longer to accomplish.
Keep track of your expenses daily, so at the end of the year, you don’t have to spend days figuring out your taxes.
Pull weeds a little bit every day, so you don’t have a forest in your front yard that you have to deal with. Clean out one drawer every week, so you know where everything is.
8) Pay those bills.
Is debt the root-cause of your feeling of overwhelm? If so, take action now.
Sell your unwanted items. Get a part-time job until you catch up.
You’re spending hours worrying about it anyway; you might as well put your time to good use and chisel down the amount you owe.
Evaluate where you spend your time and release those people and things that don’t add value to your life.
Is television taking up too many hours? Cut the cable. Does a toxic person in your life stress you out? Part ways.
Your feeling of overwhelm is a gift. It’s telling you to take charge of your time and do only the things that matter.
10) Be present.
Don’t look at the past or future. Live in the now.
Focus on one moment at a time and doing your best. Those moments will string together, and soon you will have things back under control.
11) Start journaling.
There’s something so therapeutic about writing down what’s in your head on a piece of paper. Start today.
What relaxes you? A hot bubble bath? A glass of wine and cheese. Indulge. Taking care of yourself will help give you the energy to take care of everyone else.
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