What do you do when your plate is so full that it just feels like there’s no way you can ever get through it all?
What if you truly feel like you’re drowning and you’ll never get out of the mess you are in?
Whether it is your ever growing to do list, your ever growing debt, or your messy as heck house…we’ve all been there. We’ve all had times when things feel like too much.
Where you just want to throw your hands up in the air and say “ENOUGH.”
You can change your mindset about overwhelm. This will help you decrease the stress you’re under.
But it isn’t foolproof.
I wrote that post two days ago.
In a lot of ways, although I wrote it for you, I also wrote it for me.
Because I typically start every day feeling overwhelmed.
The trick is to remind yourself of your new way of thinking so you can get yourself out of it quickly.
As quickly as possible anyway.
This stuff is not easy.
Although I can tell you about mindset tricks to use to get through feelings of overwhelm, that doesn’t mean you won’t experience overwhelm.
Heck, I wrote it and know the stuff pretty well but have to remind myself of it every day.
This morning as I was walking into work I checked my email. I noticed I had several emails from people that required me to respond.
At the same time I have this giant task due tomorrow that I need to focus all of my time and attention on.
Let’s describe how that feels because I think it’s important to pay attention to your body and your emotions when things come up.
I immediately felt a surge of anxiety and irritation.
I started saying to myself “I can’t do all of this.” “Ugh, they all ask too much.” “This isn’t important, I’ll get to it later.”
Then I felt guilty because I like to be helpful to others and I don’t want to let them down.
The good ol’ people pleaser in me came out and made me feel kind of bad.
But I remembered that I just wrote a post on getting past overwhelm and that I needed to follow my own advice.
That’s how it works.
You have to remind yourself over and over again to get back into the mindset.
You have to remind yourself of your why and get yourself back on track.
Some days you have to do this multiple times a day!
And that’s ok because it is perfectly normal.
I’m pointing this out because it’s so easy to say “Well, that didn’t work” or to beat yourself up because you just can’t NOT be overwhelmed.
Hey, feelings happen.
It’s the choice of what you do with those feelings that matters at the end of the day.
So when you feel yourself getting overwhelmed, be kind to yourself.
Remind yourself that you are choosing not to let overwhelmed get in your way. Remind yourself of the steps to take to get past that overwhelm so you can keep on the path to reaching your goals.
There is no perfection.
Reaching goals is all about taking the next step you need to take to get where you’re going. The only way to guarantee failure is to quit and we don’t want to do that!
Marlena is the blogger behind apenandapurpose.com, where she writes about using journaling for self improvement and reaching goals in life and business. Using her experience as a Licensed Psychologist with a Master’s in Business, she teaches people how to break through negative thoughts and fear to do what matters. For more about me read my about page.