I’m going to be honest guys, last week was real rough for me. I felt incredibly overwhelmed by everything. There was work obligations, personal obligations, and things I just wanted to do every day. I felt like I couldn’t get everything done in one day because there just wasn’t enough time.
However, as I’m writing this, I feel so much better. What changed? Me! In today’s post, I’m going to breakdown everything I did to beat the overwhelm and get sh*t done.
My Top 5 Tips to Overcome Overwhelm
1. Brain dump
One of the leading causes of overwhelm is not being able to keep track of everything that is going on. Your brain feels messy, so you feel stressed.
I encourage you to take everything you are thinking of and everything you need to do and just write it all down somewhere. Don’t worry about rhyme or reason, and don’t make it pretty. Just get it all down!
Once you have everything down on paper, look at what you have written down. Is there anything that can be done in less than two minutes? Do it now! After you’ve sifted through the smaller tasks, find days to schedule other things that need to be done. You can’t do it all in one day, but you can probably fit it all into one week.
Another technique that I’ve found helpful is blocking out time. It sucks to feel like you are go-go-go all of the time, but if you can block even an hour out of your day to work on the things that are stressing you out, I promise you will feel better.
3. Just Do It!
Okay, so this is going to sound really counter-cultural right now. If you are feeling overwhelmed, do not procrastinate. Society right now is very focused on self-care. That is so important, and I don’t want you working yourself into the ground, but I think we can use the premise of self-care to put off doing things that really need to get done.
Trust me, I’m guilty of this, too! I read to relax, but I told myself that I couldn’t read until I got at least one thing checked off my to-do list. I know this sounds tyrannical, but I truly felt better because I felt less overwhelmed.
Putting off things you need to do and drinking a glass of wine won’t make you feel better. (Okay, maybe it will in the short term. Long term you will def feel stressed out still!)
I know what you’re thinking: “Jordan! I don’t have time to do everything that needs to get done and you’re asking me to meditate?!” Yes, yes I am.
Something about sitting in the silence really helps me calm my brain. If you’re anything like me, your tendency when you meditate is to immediately start thinking about all the things you’re stressed about.
The beauty of meditation is that you stop thinking. You stop stressing. You get to just be. Even if it’s only for five minutes, give it a shot! I love using the Headspace app, and Katrina from Tone It Up has some great meditations, too!
5. Reward yourself!
The best part about getting to the finish line is knowing you are done! Do what you need to do, then reward yourself. You will look forward to it, and hopefully, it will make all the hard work worth it!
I hope this post helped you find strategies to beat overwhelm! Do you have any tips I left out? Leave them in the comments below!