Feeling overwhelmed? I feel you.
Between a house move, upcoming holiday, two jobs and well, life, I’ve been feeling it a lot lately.
I’m pretty much as organised as they come but sometimes, no matter how much prep I put in, things just pile up, leaving me feeling like finding a duvet to hide under for the foreseeable future.
That’s ok. What to do when you feel overwhelmed lesson 1 – giving in to the occasional duvet day is sometimes necessary. Once you’re past that phase though, which I thankfully am just about, here are some things I hope will help you (and me) avoid it in the future.
No surprises here. Almost all of my posts include making a list at some point but I promise, they’re life-changing. I often find that once I write all of my to-dos out, they seem a lot less intimidating than I was making them out to be in my head.
Do those tasks really need to be done right now? Honestly? If you’re anything like me, the answer to most of them is probably no, you’re just putting too much pressure on yourself. Take on only the things you absolutely have to right now.
Just getting started
If, after making and prioritising your list, you’re still feeling overwhelmed by all your to-dos, just do one of them. I can’t tell you how many times just writing an email has led to a productive afternoon of work. Getting started might be the hardest part but it’s also one of the most important.
Acknowledging how you’re feeling
I appreciate journaling might not be for everyone but it’s been a massive help for me when it comes to acknowledging the feeling of overwhelm. I’ve brushed it under the carpet more times than I care to admit in the past and guess what? It only lead to me taking on MORE and feeling a whole lot worse. Find a way of expressing yourself that works for you and let it out if you want to move past it.
Taking some time out
Taking time out when it feels like you have tasks coming out of your ears seems counterintuitive but it’s necessary if you’re going to make progress. Being busy and being productive are two different things so don’t underestimate the benefit of some downtime. It always does wonders for my mindset and creativity.
How do you deal with overwhelm? Will you be trying any of the these?