There will be times when we feel overwhelmed. Whether it’s meeting deadlines at work or doing all the housework at home. You have a feeling of mounting pressure and you feel like you can’t handle it all. You doubt you’ll get everything done in time so you’ll disappoint other people and yourself.
Here’s a process for helping you relieve some of that stress:
- Take a deep breath. Take a slow, deep breath into your stomach. Right now, you’re probably breathing really shallow into your chest. When you take a breath and your shoulders rise, you’re breathing incorrectly. So drop your shoulders and breathe into your belly. That will change the way you’re using your body and help you relax. Take 2 or 3 more nice long breathes and release it out slowly.
- Remember why you’re doing it. Often we get so overwhelmed that we lose sight of why we’re doing it in the first place. By focusing on and remembering our why, it gives us that larger perspective again. As Jim Rohn says, “The bigger the why, the easier the how.” When our why is important enough, we have the energy, motivation and willpower to keep going. So figure out your why and hopefully it’s compelling enough to motivate you to tackle this.
- Take it one step at a time. There’s a saying that goes, “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” The main reason we feel so overwhelmed is because we have this mammoth task in front of us that we have to accomplish and it almost seems impossible to do it in time. Therefore, it is a lot easier to chunk down all the tasks we have to do instead of one big task that we needs to be done. Then start focusing on knocking off each task one by one. As you knock them off, you start gaining more momentum and the feeling of overwhelm starts to dissipate.
- Get support. Reach out to family or friends that can help you through this. Find a friend that you can call on to support you by lending an ear for you to vent. This person may also help you see the big picture, give you encouragement or even help you with the task at hand.
Hope this helps you, if you think someone needs to read this, then share it with them. Would love to hear how you deal with overwhelm so leave a comment.