We’ve all been through it, the weight of the world feels like it’s on your shoulders. Days before you were riding the wave of victory in your life and just like that, you feel like you’ve lost your way. The feeling of overwhelm gets the best of us at times, but with these simple tips to incorporate into your lifestyle, you’ll be prepared if the inevitable creeps in.
1. Eat, sleep, and pray. Overwhelm could be happening in your life as a gentle signal that you’ve been neglecting important parts of your life. Clean eating, adequate sleep, and a consistent spiritual practice are the hallmarks of a balanced lifestyle. When these three things get out of whack or are neglected, they can really start to send our lives into a chaotic tailspin. Take the time to examine if you’ve put any of these on the back burner. Make the commitment to getting back on track by prioritizing each of these in your lifestyle.
2. Just say NO! When you’re overwhelmed it could be a sign that you’ve taken on more than you can handle. As much as you may want to be the helpful friend or team player on the job, it’s not always necessary to say yes to everything and everyone. Spreading yourself too thin could lead to overwhelm and worse yet, resentment. You may start to feel that you’re spending all your time and energy on others leaving little time for yourself. So take the time to evaluate whether or not you want to continue to sign on to coordinating the office’s next banquet or agreeing to go crib shopping with your girlfriend. There’s nothing wrong with saying no and making time for the things that are important to you too.
3. Create a sabbath. Sometimes overwhelm happens in our lives because we are always on the go and make no down time for ourselves. This can create burn out and actually keep you from connecting back to yourself and remembering what is most important to you. So create a day, hour, or hours that are dedicated just to you. This time should be spent doing whatever it is that will be most therapeutic and rejuvenating for you. Go for a walk, dive into a new novel, dance, do whatever you need to do to leave all of the world behind you and escape. Protect this time that you’ve created for yourself and let nothing or no one violate it.
4. Make a list and prioritize. Often times, overwhelm plagues us because we’re juggling too many responsibilities. And with so many responsibilities, we can get overwhelmed and completely shut down and not do anything! So the best way to combat this unfortunate possibility, is to make a list of all the things you need to do and then prioritize. You may find that certain things that were causing you overwhelm may not actually even be a priority for you right now. Getting it all down on paper; however, will help to sift through the really important stuff.
I like to think of overwhelm as a gentle reminder that something in our lives is out of balance. When we’re out of sync with ourselves, it can send us into a state of confusion, panic, anxiety, and frustration. But with these tips, you’ll be prepared.
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