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5 Ways To Effectively Handle Overwhelm

by Nellie

5 Ways To Effectively Handle Overwhelm

I may have hinted previously, it’s been a rough couple of months for me personally. Some days are fantastic while other days…not so much. As women, we tend to have the world on our shoulders and it can be super hard on some days to differentiate from up and down. Today I’m sharing a few of my tips to help defeat the overwhelm monster and get your sense of calm back.

  1. Categorize and Defeat: I am a huge list maker so when there is a LOT going on in my brain I start a master list that has everything on it from “Pay Gas Bill” to “Call Auntie to say hi” When you have a lot of things going on, you tend to think about everything and nothing at all. Putting it on paper not only makes it real but it makes it permanent.
  2. Execute: Now that you have your list, whether it is on your phone or on a post it note, decide which tasks you want to individually handle–by urgency. Tackling the big things eliminates the large chunks of overwhelm. Plus ticking things off the list that you didn’t feel you could do can help with your confidence getting through the tough situation.
  3. Share with a trusted friend: My friends have been invaluable in the past couple of months. To be honest it can be really hard to share a tough situation with the people around you but something about saying it aloud helps so much. Plus it helps to chat with someone other than yourself. Clears the cobwebs. Therapy is also excellent for this.
  4. Simply Stop: It’s hard to stop when there is so much to do! I’m telling you however, it can be the best thing for your sanity. Stopping means turning things off for a little bit, whether its meditation or sitting on the couch binge watching your favorite old comedies–whatever you need to do to take your mind OFF the overwhelm for  a few hours is super helpful and can help you figure out the next step.
  5. Recognize your accomplishments: There have been so many days where the time has slipped by and at 9pm I am left wondering where has the day gone, what have I done with myself? Then I make a list of everything I have accomplished. I ordered groceries, I vacuumed, I DID THINGS. Seeing what you have done makes you feel as if you can do some more the next day.

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What do you do when you get overwhelmed?

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6 comments

Janine Huldie February 1, 2017 - 6:52 am

Not going to lie this couldn’t have come at a better time as I had some very stressful days here with working from home, coordinating family activities and more. Don’t get me wrong, I think I do thrive on being busy and not complaining that I making good money working from home, but trying to juggle it all can definitely take its toll at times. So, appreciate your advice here, as I definitely can benefit from heeding many of the above, especially just stopping when need be to take even a few minutes to unwind.

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Carly February 1, 2017 - 11:27 am

Yes yes yes to all of this, Nellie. I especially like that you included recognizing what you’ve done in a day. That can help so much when you just feel like you e been chasing your thoughts around in circles all day. Thanks for posting this, it’s good timing.

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Lorna CrOswell February 1, 2017 - 11:35 am

Yes! With a 4 year old, a baby, an active living blog & actually living an active life I get overwhelmed ALOT! Lists are key for me- I redo my list each morning & mark things that must be done that day with an A & things that could wait a B. Then I tackle the biggest tasks first (and my workouts!) which has really helped my stress level ??

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kita bryant February 1, 2017 - 4:46 pm

I keep it bottled up…you can’t trust everyone and I have a hard time with that but when I do talk to a friend I do feel better. Great list!

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Tamara February 1, 2017 - 8:47 pm

Ohh.. yes. I get overwhelmed so easily, and that’s during a normal day. Some days I nearly have to turn into a superhero. I’m prone to impatience, frustration, and mini meltdowns.
I think your tips are top of the line!

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Leslie February 6, 2017 - 6:37 am

It’s so easy to get overwhelmed these days, isn’t it? And I completely believe that it’s even easier to be overwhelmed when you’re a small business owner. Owning a business is a 24-7 deal, and often means that there’s no such thing as a weekend or vacation.

This whole list is fantastic, but my favorite is definitely the last. It’s important to recognize each of your accomplishments, whether those are big or small. Hang in there, friend! You’re doing great!

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