If anyone knows how so easy it is to feel overwhelmed, I KNOW. You have a lot on your plate. It seems like each day you put off a task or maybe some tasks until tomorrow, only to realize now you have a long list of things to do. Thinking about getting any of it done makes you feel tired, you find it hard to focus and often times you tell yourself 24 hours just isn’t enough time to be the super women that you are.
With that being said, I also know it is difficult to relax under the circumstances I just mentioned.
It’s important to learn how to relax regardless of the situation at hand for several reasons. #1 Allowing daily stress and anxiety to build up can lead to a medical diagnosis of overwhelm. When someone is diagnosed as overwhelmed, they have reached the point where they cannot function normally, and they cannot get through the simple daily routines.
I suffered from anxiety for a very long time and if I’m not cautious, that monster will sneak up on me with her bff overwhelm and NOTHING gets done until they leave.
Have you ever been so overwhelmed you wake up feeling like you had been hit by a truck or you hadn’t been to sleep at all?
Have you ever been so overwhelmed you find it very difficult to be socially active?
Have you ever felt so overwhelmed you eat but don’t feel full or immediately after eating your feel ill?
I have, and I refuse to revisit those days.
So, here’s a list of things that I made for us to relax and avoid feeling overwhelmed as much as we can.
1. Add Stress Relief to Your Schedule
The key to relaxing in today’s hectic, stress-filled, “Go, Go, Go!” world is to prioritize time for stress-relief. You must make time in your daily and weekly schedule planning for “down time” and de-stressing. This could mean adding to 10 minute sessions of meditation to your daily routine.
To keep from being overwhelmed, you may choose quiet contemplation, aromatherapy, music therapy or reading a good book as your stress-relievers. Whatever calms your mind and takes you to your “happy place”, make sure you schedule enough of that activity. This means actually writing down these stress-relieving sessions in your scheduler, and not skipping a single one of them.
2. De-Clutter and Outsource
Clutter kills productivity, and unconsciously causes your brain to stress out. Your brain automatically tries to deal with every bit of sensory input you receive. This means that the things you see, touch, hear, smell and taste all have to be dealt with by your brain. When you have too much input coming in, especially when it is unnecessary, this clutter creates anxiety and stress.
Avoiding overwhelm is always preferred to having to deal with it once it develops.
This means delegating and outsourcing those tasks you do on a regular basis which you really shouldn’t be worrying with. If you are a micro-manager, you feel like you have to do everything. Stop believing that. The reason why a lot of people feel stressed and overwhelmed is they attempt to do too much. Delegate the menial tasks in your life, and you can keep overwhelm at bay.
3. Another way to relax when you are feeling overwhelmed is to use visual cues.
This could mean placing post-it notes in your home, office, car and on your phone that reminds you to calm down and enjoy a deep breathing session. It could be as simple as placing happy pictures of the ones you love where you can see them as you move throughout the day. These positive visual cues that make you feel good are simple stress-relievers that can keep you from giving in to feelings of overwhelm.
I hope you decide to implement one or all of the tips I’ve shared with you today. You’re known to be a super woman, but don’t forget before you can be a super woman to others you must first be a super woman to yourself.
To Your Health & Success,