There are days when it feels as though everything is closing in around us. Overwhelm can be triggered by so many things from having too much work on to deciding what to watch on netflix.
Here are some top tips on what to do to help with overwhelm.
Take a break.
Sometimes the only way to get rid of overwhelm to to simply take a break. Whether that’s going for a sleep, taking a day off work or going away for a few days. You may think that taking a break when you have a load on your plate isn’t a good idea but the time away from whats causing you anxiety is actually the best way to find clarity.
Time to say NO.
A lot of us struggle to say no. We’ve been taught all about the power of yes and how saying yes can open up a world of opportunities. BUT saying NO is what really gives you power. Whether it’s because you’re too busy or you just don’t want to, you don’t have to explain yourself – just say no. Learn to prioritise and to know what you actually need to do instead of pressuring yourself to do stuff that you think you should do.
Stop thinking ahead.
I sometimes trigger my own cases of overwhelm by thinking ahead. I start worrying about what’s going to happen three months down the line. Instead of focussing on what I need to think about in the here and now. Try making lists and keep a journal of what you want to do, what you need to do and think about what to do now.
I find giving my office a good declutter whenever things are getting on top of me really helps. Not being surrounded by mess and clutter can do absolute wonders for your mental clarity.
Quit the multitasking pressure.
As women, we are conditioned to think that we are the ones that are good at multi-tasking and because of that, we should do it more. But multi-tasking can only increase the stress and strain of our everyday life. Instead, give your attention to one task at a time and give it your 100% attention. You’ll feel more focussed which will leave you feeling less stressed. Plus, there’s something so satisfying about ticking off those items on the to-do list.