Five Ways to Banish Overwhelm
Are you tired of feeling like you’re on a hamster wheel where you’re going round and round day in and day out?
No matter what you do, you’re still stressed out, overworked, and overwhelmed?
You know there has to be a better way to ditch the overwhelm and feel less like a damn mess.
How do you change the patterns and routine in your life so that you’re able to jump off the hamster wheel, feel more accomplished, less stressed, and eliminate the everyday overwhelm of life?
Girrrl, I gotchu!
Let’s talk about five simple but effective ways that YOU can banish overwhelm lickety-split!
TAKE A DEEP BREATH
Yup, I went there. It’s a simple fricken exercise, but I know you're likely not taking the time to stop, breathe, and count to ten. I could bet $100 and be certain I would win!
As a woman, you wear multiple hats in a day. They could be Wife, Mom, Daughter, Aunt, Employee, CEO, and more! Women are known to #doitall. We have an invisible cape flying in the wind behind us because we know how to get shit done!
We’re resourceful. We put ourselves last for the betterment of others. We know how to tackle it all without much thought.
However, when we have this mentality and drive to #doallthethings, we can forget that we need to stop and take a breather. Whether that be meditating for 10-min or simply stopping to close your eyes for 5 minutes and breathe in and out to reduce the feelings of anxiety and stress.
In my experience, I have seen not only in my personal life but in those of my loved ones that women tend to overcommit. We have this need to always do more. Why can’t we just be satisfied with doing enough?
We say yes to the things that don’t light us up. We over-commit to our loved ones. We put ourselves last so that we won’t disappoint anyone else.
We’re straight up nuts!
Ok, maybe not; however, it’s a vicious cycle that we’re on.
When we take the time to set healthy boundaries we can be sure that our internal batteries are constantly being recharged and we only say yes to the please, places, or things that serve us positively.
When we continually say yes to people, places, or things that don’t serve us we become resentful and bitter.
Those emotions can be directly linked to overwhelm and burnout. Therefore, let’s avoid the burnout and ditch the overwhelm.
If you’re stuck in a rut and can’t seem to shake the feelings of being overwhelmed, it’s time to simplify!
Look around your home, office, or car. All the places you spend the most time in. Are they cluttered, unorganized, and a straight up damn mess?
Do you instantly get anxiety or fidgety when you’re in that particular space?
If so, it’s time to ditch the junk! Get rid of all the crap that’s cluttering your mind and your life. It’s not serving you. If you haven’t used it in the last 6 months to one year, either toss, donate or sell it.
A cluttered area is a cluttered mind!
Listen, I know you’re a busy lady. We all are. Quite frankly it’s just how our society is now a day. We’re juggling being a wife, mom, job, business, kids, hobbies, and more on a regular basis. The very thought of that already overwhelms me and makes me want to shut down mentally.
What can you do to fix that?
Take notes! And lots of them!
Writing down what you need to do daily in a daily planner, on a wall calendar, in a journal or whatever your little heart desires is going to benefit you in the long run.
Jot it all down!
If you try to remember everything in your head, you’ll likely forget something AND you’re using up your brain’s energy by trying to remember #allthethings. I mean hell, let’s work a little smarter, shall we?
When you take note of everything, you’re able to eliminate the overwhelm in your head and free up space for more important things. You’re also not overworking your brain as you try to remember everything.
Imagine where you could use the extra brain power that you’re saving? How would it benefit you?
BREAK IT DOWN
The saying goes, “you eat an elephant one bite at a time”. I encourage you to use this philosophy when it comes to breakup up your daily tasks.
Once you have written them all down, it’s time to break them up into small tasks and prioritize them so that you’re able to work on the most important tasks first.
If you have a list of fifty tasks and they’re in no particular order and aren’t assigned to a project, then you’re going to be bouncing around from one task to the next. And guess what? You’re using more brain power again!
When you organize your thoughts into projects and break those projects into smaller tasks, you’ll be able to simplify your to-do list and banish the overwhelm.
You’ll feel more energized, relaxed, and accomplished because of it!
As you can see, there are a variety of ways that you can banish overwhelm. It doesn’t have to be complicated, but you do have to be mindful. Once you can identify where the overwhelm in your life is taking place, then you can take the necessary steps to banish it.
Share in the comments below: What’s your favorite way to banish overwhelm?