Are you trying to do so much and spinning in so many different directions that you’re left feeling overwhelmed and stressed out? What can you do to get back to feeling in control and relaxed?
Our fast-paced lifestyles demand for our full attention. On top of that, we are working longer and taking less time off. The result? More stress and less calm.
Juggling between work, family and our own personal needs, it’s easy to get sucked into the never-ending list of things to-do and end up feeling overwhelmed.
These stress management techniques will help you overcome the overwhelm in your life and help you live a more relaxed and stress-free lifestyle.
- Step Away
You can’t overcome your sense of overwhelm from a place of stress. You have to step away and view your circumstances from a fresh perspective.
Go to a different room, get up from your desk, or go out for a walk. Stepping away from your current situation will help you gain clarity, and move you away from your overwhelmed state of mind.
- Determine What Matters Most
When we are feeling overwhelmed, our mind becomes clouded by the thoughts that cause us to feel stressed in the first place. When you take a step back, ask yourself, what is the most important thing for me? How do I want to feel?
Many times, we are so caught up in the doing, that we forget why we are doing it. Ask yourself “What is important to me?”, then focus on doing things that matter most instead of the unimportant tasks that overwhelm you.
- Ask for Help and Allow It
You’d be amazed at how many people are willing to help you out, if only you’d ask. Often, we are our own problem by blocking others from helping us because of our need to be in control of everything. We think they will say no, so we don’t ask, or we think they won’t know what to do.
Honestly, this is me, and I do that a lot with my husband. I don’t ask for help because I don’t think he will do it the way that I like done. However, I am realizing that I can’t do it all, so I have been asking him for more help, and it’s awesome!
Give it a try. Ask for help. And be prepared to be amazed at the what others are willing to do.
- Create Boundaries
Time is your most precious commodity. It is the only resource that you can’t renew. So, spend it wisely. You have a limited number of hours in your week. Determine what is most important to you. What activities will support those feelings? How much self-care time do you need to recharge your battery? How much time do you want to spend with your family?
Once you’ve decided what’s important and how long you want to spend, create boundaries around those activities and do not anything to change them.
Treat the feeling of overwhelm as an emotional indicator letting you know when you need to slow down, and to readjust focus on something else that makes you feel better.