Life can be pretty overwhelming at times especially as an adult.  Add a job, spouse/partner, children, and/or a mortgage to the stress of day to day life and you have the perfect recipe for becoming overwhelmed.  I think it is fair to say that most of us experience overwhelm at least a few times each week.  When you become overwhelmed, your mind can dissolve into a frenzied state fueled by stress hormones and uncomfortable thoughts, beliefs, and feelings.  The good news is steps can be taken to move to a calm state of mind that allows you to make a clear, sensible action plan.

When your day begins to feel rather long or in moments where your tasks, goals, and worries move you from feeling okay to overwhelmed – stop for a moment and take a few deep cleansing breaths.  Close your eyes.  Imagine yourself in a safe place that relaxes you.  Stay in your relaxing, safe place until you feel your mind and body relax.  When you are relaxed, grab a pen and paper or an electronic piece of paper and make a list of your tasks, goals, and worries.  Once your list is complete, prioritize the items on your list.  The priorities on your list are a promise to yourself that you will focus on one task at a time.  Focusing on one task at a time makes it possible to get better results and avoid rework – and who wants rework?

Other tips for dealing with overwhelm:

  • Develop a signal to let others know that you need time out from new issues/problems.  Particularly at home where each individual is focused on his or her own agenda, having a preset signal can help you avoid needless arguments and further overwhelm.
  • Be flexible.  You may prioritize all of the stuff dancing in your head only to meet an unplanned change in direction or become aware of something even more important. 
  • If there are items on your list that can be delegated or hired out, prioritize the delegating on your list.
  • Know when it is time to take a break and eat, exercise, watch your favorite program, and so on.

Coach Linn

Founder of the Unstoppable Man Mindset

Linn Chetty

About Linn Chetty

Hello! I am the founder of the Unstoppable Man and Woman's Mindset, a mindset coach, and an animal lover.

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