Haven't we all said, or thought those words from time to time? I know I have! Actually, there were a few days, just this past month, where I felt especially overwhelmed. I was getting ready for a trip to Germany, to help my mom downsize. The weeks leading up to my departure where especially busy. Here I was trying to wrap up loose ends with work and home, preparing for my trip, as well as for social gatherings (both before and after my trip); all the while worrying about my mom. A few days before I was scheduled to leave I had a moment where I felt utterly overwhelmed.
One thing I realize is that life will continue to throw these busy and often worrisome times at us, how we deal with with them however, makes all the difference!
Here are a few things that I have done in the past, that have helped me to regain my usual get-up and go attitude. Following these steps may help you as well.
1. Take a few minutes to decompress.
Sit down in a quiet place, close your eyes and take some deep breaths, to help calm your mind and your body.
2. Talk to someone.
Continuing to worry about what's ahead will only blow things up more in our minds. Taking the time to talk to a loved one will often help put things into perspective.
3. Make a list of all things you need to accomplish.
Creating a master list of all that needs to be done helps you prioritize. Next you break your master list into smaller, more manageable lists, starting with the things that must be accomplished first.
4. Ask for help.
We often feel that we have to shoulder everything ourselves. Asking for help and delegating some of the tasks will free up time to concentrate on what's most important.
5. Take a break.
Step away from the situation for a while, if at all possible. I know that it may sound counterproductive, but it may help you to refocus and actually get things done in a more efficient way.
I would love to hear what other methods you have used to feel less overwhelmed. Please feel free to comment below, or you may contact me directly at Yve@OrganizingbyYve.com.