If you’re anything like me, you want to find a way to stop feeling overwhelmed. The hectic chaos of daily life can really defeat you if you let it. I know there have been days I just run back and forth like a hamster in a wheel. I decided it was time I took back control of my life and here’s how I did it.
5 Ways To Stop Feeling Overwhelmed
Focus On The Here And Now
Instead of worrying about tomorrow, focus on today. What can you take care of right now? What is immediately before you? Work on those things and let tomorrow take care of itself. I know it’s easier said than done, but this is a goal we all have to work on to take control of our thinking.
Too Much On Your Plate
Lots of times we allow way too many things to be piled onto our to-do lists. Feeling like we have to compete and constantly chase the approval of others only adds to the problem. We do it at home and at work. It’s okay not to be Superwoman because you really don’t have to do it all. Look through your list of responsibilities and find the ones you can delegate to others. Cut out what’s not necessary and make time for yourself. Downtime is a must for everyone.
Taking slow deep breaths really does help me to stop feeling overwhelmed. No, it’s not a cure-all, but it decreases the anxious uncontrollable feeling and assists me with getting back on track. Breathing exercises that allow you to focus on each breath help bring more oxygen into your bloodstream. The oxygen aides in calming your nervous system and refocuses your mind on the moment. Practice taking a deep breath, count to 10 and exhale slowly. In through your nose and then out through your mouth. Do this 5 times in a slow, rhythmic pattern each time you feel the overwhelm starting to build up.
Let Go Of Bad Habits
Most of us have some type of bad habit that we need to break. However, these things end up being unproductive time-wasters. Some of them become our distractions. Some examples include gambling, substance abuse, drinking and watching TV all the time. You’re probably thinking, “what! I can’t have a drink or watch TV?” You can. Just do everything in moderation. Pay attention to how you go about your daily life and don’t let any habits get out of control. I can’t count how many hours I have wasted binge watching TV when I could have spent my weekends getting something productive done. Setting time limits and sticking with them has helped me with my couch potato habits.
We think we can multitask. Really, we can’t. Our brains are rapidly jumping from one task to the next when we have a million things going on at once. What does that often cause? Yep, overwhelm. An example for me is a super busy day at work. I have several files on my desk and all of them with deadlines approaching. Before I know it, I am hoping from one to the next, back and forth until my head is spinning. The anxiety starts creeping in and my mind shuts me down with overwhelm.
This is where prioritizing comes in. We can’t do several things at once. You know that. Make a list and start working on what must be done first and work your way down. Never jump back and forth. Stay focused on the first task until it’s done. The rest will wait their turns. Delegating your workload this way will help you stop feeling overwhelmed.
I hope you find these tips useful in helping you take control of your day.