The gnawing, exhausting, and often irrational feeling of overwhelm can completely paralyzing can’t it? It can creep in without any warning, and it can take up residence for who knows how long. When we are paralyzed by overwhelm, it keeps us from feeling productive, accomplished, and content, and that feels just plain awful!
Wouldn’t it be nice to wake up in the morning and not feel exhausted before you even get out of bed? How much better would your day go if you felt like you were actually qualified to live your own life? And can you even imagine how nice it would be to get to the end of the day and not feel like you completely wasted the whole day away?
If these things sound good to you (they do to me, too!), then here’s a way past that.
The next time you feel that “I just can’t handle one more thing” feeling of overwhelm, try this:
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- Grab a something to write with and something to write on or in, like a notebook
- Get to a place where you can have a moment of peace and quiet (hide in the bathroom?)
- Unload all the things you need to do onto that piece of paper
- Ask, “what’s the worst that can happen if this doesn’t get done today?”
- Write that down next to your list of things
- What you will end up with is a prioritized list of what to work through in what order.
Here’s a bonus tip to help diffuse the overwhelm.
Before you get to work on each one of those things on your list, ask yourself if there is really a shortcut that will still accomplish the task yet save you time and stress in getting it done. Oftentimes there is a way that we can alter our expectations a bit and still get the task done in an acceptable way.