Have you found with the current health crisis that has recently impacted the world we are used to living in, in a major way, Working from home, Schools are open oh no sorry schools are closed and you need to be home schooling, grocery items are limited to purchase that is if the products are there at all etc it is all too hard...
So much to do, so little time.
Busy, busy, busy…..
Everyone feels the stresses of work and life from time to time.
I bet you’ve got a million things on the go, and maybe you’re not quite sure where to start.
When you’re like this, naturally, you shut down.
Your mind spins out of control with thoughts. Should I start this project or make this call or maybe I should just eat lunch instead?
And before you know it, you’ve lost sight of your priorities and you’re getting nothing done.
Before you hit the point of burnout, it’s important to take care of yourself and your well-being.
As tempting as it may be to
zone out and watch Netflix
have a glass (or two) of wine or
take a nap
Read a book
Just know these may not be the best solution.
So how do you deal?
It all starts with awareness.
What’s creating the feeling of overwhelm?
The emotion of overwhelm probably feels a little panicky in your stomach, you may even feel tight or weighted down. Like you should be rushing but your feet are stuck in the mud.
What is overwhelm anyway?
The definition; buried or drowning beneath a huge mass of something.
have a strong emotional reaction Not a very promising situation, is it?
What I mean is that when you feel overwhelmed either you actually get very little accomplished all while telling yourself to get your sh*t together and get moving.
Even when you do get something done it's rushed and comes with a side dish of stress.
So what do you do?
It’s time to slow down so you can speed up.
Give yourself permission to stop trying to do anything or make any decisions for a couple of minutes.
Take a breath and notice what your body is telling you, fiind the tension and release it while doing your breathing exercise.
Focus on your breath and the sensation as your stomach rises and falls while you breathe.
Breath in for 5, Breath out for 5 do this 10 times and then start an activity
Grab a pen and paper and write down ALL the thoughts you are having, about being overwhelmed. They may sound something like this:
I have so much to do
There’s no way I can get this all done
I don’t even know where to start
I don’t know what to do first
It is all to hard
What if I screw up?
Just keep writing until you’ve gotten all your thoughts out on paper. I know all of these thoughts feel real and true. But are they really? The fact is most thoughts change and once you see them you realize they aren’t helping you.
This is one of the ways coaching makes such a huge difference. When you think better, you feel better and you get better results in your life.
Being aware of your thoughts is a powerful step to ditching being overwhelmed.
Continue with your pen and paper and make a list of all the tasks, projects, priorities, questions, to-dos, plans, choices and decisions swirling around in your head.
You will get some relief by emptying your mind. Personally, I’m often, surprised to find there aren’t as many things as I thought there were.
This is a great exercise of a night if you are having trouble sleeping because of swirling thoughts
Laser focus, do one thing at a time. (This is my biggest issue)
Multi-tasking is a waste of time and energy. Yes, you heard me. It's proven that you get far less accomplished when you multi-task and it takes more energy to get lesser amount done.
Focus on one thing at a time!
If you’re loaded with decisions, do your research, look at the pros and cons and then make the best decision you can with what you know.
Use your self-discipline, keep firm in your decision and give yourself the grace to stick with it.
Pull up your calendar and block a few uninterrupted chunks of time over the next week. These time slots can be as short as 20-25 minutes. Choose what you’re going to get done in that time slot and then get to work when it’s time.
Practice good self-care and I’m not talking about a visit to the spa or bubble baths
What I mean is return to the basics. Every day, eat healthy and nutritious meals, drink clean water, go for a brisk walk or exercise and get a good night’s sleep.
All this basic self-care will help you be more resilient so you can manage your choices and not get emotionally hijacked with all the demands on your time.
I use these techniques myself and share this approach with my coaching clients that are finding life is getting to overwhelming for them, they truely make a world of difference in my life.