How to reduce overwhelm (part 1)

I have to be honest with you, over the last week I’ve found myself feeling incredibly overwhelmed.

I’m not only responsible for my own wellbeing, but I also have a husband, an 8 year old, a 5 year old, my home and everything that comes with it. Pile on top of that running a business and all the other things going on in my career.

Somewhere in the middle of all that, I try to have some type of social life ‘cos mama has to turn up once in a while (am I right?) and I am all about having balance.

But I refuse to become a wreck. Here are some of the things I did to reduce my anxiety:

1)    I Prayed: About two years ago I was trapped in a pool of anxiety. Each day, it seemed like I had a million things to accomplish and not nearly enough hours to complete them.

When I start to feel anxious and paralyzed by overwhelm, I’ve learned to stop and just hand it over to God. He is the only one who can give me wisdom to learn how to structure my day.

I specifically pray for peace and calm. It. Works. Every. Time.

2)    I talked to someone: When I start to get the feeling of overwhelm, I like to tell someone about it. There’s something wonderful about venting and also getting another person’s opinion. In my case I talked to my husband and he reassured me. It’s nice when someone else can remind you that you’ve not lost your mind.

 

3)    I created a to do list: I’m pretty sure you know what a to do list is. It’s simply a list of tasks you wish to accomplish written on a piece of paper (or on a mobile device).

 

What I do is I write down every single activity and task that’s clogging my brain. That helps to declutter my mind. I like old fashioned pen and paper ‘cos that works for me, but you can write it down wherever you want- on a sticky note, in a journal, in your planner, on your tablet- wherever.

 

I include appointments, domestic chores, kids’ activities, recreational activities, as well as business tasks. It actually looks more like a to do mini book.

 

Just write down as many tasks as you can think of without editing yourself. The goal is not organization, rather it’s an activity that helps you clear your mind. A clear mind cannot hold on to anxiety.

 

4)    I planned out my week: So this one is new for me. Back in the day I’d wake up in the morning without a clear plan for the day. Being that life can get so busy, this doesn’t work so well for me anymore because things start to fall through the cracks, which creates even more overwhelm. I do not like overwhelm.

I take a look at my handy to do list and then schedule those tasks throughout the week.  I sift through tasks that could be done next week and bump those into next week’s list. Some tasks are completely useless and I cross those out completely.

About 15 minutes later, my entire week is planned out and I feel so much better.

Do you know someone who’d benefit from this? Go on, share it with them. Stay tuned for part 2 when we continue with ‘Ways To Reduce Overwhelm.’

 

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