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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.