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.
Founder of the Unstoppable Man Mindset