You’re feeling overwhelmed… again. There is so much to do, that you feel like you have to juggle 15 things at once, and feel like you are not making progress on any of them. You run, you do, you fret, and you exhaust your self, only to be overwhelmed with the feeling that you will never get through it. You may even feel so overwhelmed that despite all the busywork you engage in, where to actually start escapes you.
Does this feeling, the feeling of being overwhelmed resonate with you? It does with me. I’ve been there and done that more times than I can count.
Even as a coach, I have to manage the feeling of being overwhelmed sometimes. The following 5 tips to ease overwhelmed angst are the strategies I personally use, and share with clients to help work through the overwhelm.
5 Tips To Ease The Angst
Tip 1: DeClutter
Decluttering is a powerful thing. Clutter creates distraction and pulls your focus from things that you should be doing to things that don’t actually move you forward. Clutter is not limited physical things in your environment that create distraction and add to the feeling of being overwhelmed. Clutter is also found in life in the form of unhealthy relationships, in busywork, and in constantly saying yes. Take a good look at the things – physical, time, or emotional – that are creating clutter. Choose to set them aside if they are distracting you from the things that matter to you.
Tip 2: Separate
The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. When you separate the parts, the boulder of things that makes you feel overwhelmed is divided into movable pebbles. If you are overwhelmed by having so many things to get done in limited amount of time, breaking them down into individual tasks allows you to prioritize and tackle each one independent of the others. A bonus… this actually helps you declutter by pulling out the unnecessary things that steal your focus from the necessary things that need it.
Tip 3: Simplify
Less is more. When you are facing a 10 foot long to-do list, give the effort that each thing requires. Don’t feel like you have to give more than what is required to EVERY thing on your list. True, you may want to go above and beyond on some things. But be realistic. Be aware that if you are giving 200% to everything, the above and beyond effort is something you are probably doing to make yourself feel better, not make the situation better.
Tip 4: Step Back
Take a moment to step back and catch your breath. Your emotional understanding and your physical ability to get stuff done improves when you are getting enough oxygen. When you step back, you have a chance to regroup, reorganize, and possibly remap the route you are taking to get through all you have to do.
Tip 5: Be Grateful and Thankful
Be grateful and thankful for all that you have done, and have been through. Each time you managed to get through the overwhelming – whether it be under good or bad circumstances, you gained something. You gained know-how and wisdom to help you get through your current feeling of being overwhelmed. Be grateful and thankful for your triumphs as well as your challenges. Each one served you in equipping your for the moment you are in now.
If you’re struggling to reach your goals and feeling overwhelmed, connect with me on the contact page. As your coach, I can help you on your journey of turning your resolutions to results!