Do You Feel Overwhelmed Sometimes? ~ Do you feel like I do sometimes where there is just too much to do and not enough time or energy to do it all?
Life can be a pretty hectic and stressful while trying to balance or might I say juggle all of our personal, family and work tasks. Plus, just when you finally get a rhythm going and feel on top of things, that is the time where the unexpected occurs like the car breaking down or a family member becoming ill. It can get pretty overwhelming sometimes.
Another reality in our lives is the extraordinary amounts of information that our brains have to filter and process. This includes everything from print matter like the newspaper, books and magazines to the different forms of media like television and radio. We can’t do anything or go anywhere without being exposed to some form of marketing messages.
When we pour some cereal into a bowl we can’t help but skim over the latest promotion being offered on the cereal box or just think of all of the print messages we pass on our way to work or school while listening to the car radio without really paying attention to but they are still cluttering our brain. Of course, we can’t forget about the huge surge these past years of different forms of social media that enter our lives via all of our various digital devices… Facebook… Twitter… Pinterest…. Tumbler… Google…. and so many more….
I am just getting exhausted just thinking about it all. What is going through your mind right now?
This isn’t quite a solution but it does provide a bit of perspective regarding what it is like living in the 21st Century compared to what life was like several hundred years ago. I came across this interesting fact that I thought you might enjoy.
*Source: Smart Guide to Managing Your Time by Lisa Rogek
Isn’t that amazing? I am not an expert at how to cope with this feeling of being overwhelmed but I did want to share with you some of the things that work for me. I also know that what works for one person may not be the best method for another person because everyone has different ways of thinking. What I do think is important though is to have a plan in place or you could call it your tension reduction/stress reliever toolbox of strategies. So when you are feeling like life is controlling you rather than you are controlling it, you at least have some strategies to use to help you get back into proactive mode rather than reactive mode.
Here are some things that I do that really help me:
- I sometimes have a little cry and then regroup and move on to more productive tasks.
- If I have a lot of work to do or a big project to work on, I break all of the tasks needed to get things done into smaller chunks and then try to think about and work on just one chunk at a time.
- Similarly, if I have a lot of work to do, I take some time and plan everything that needs to be done in my Day Planner that I wrote about in How To Organize Your Day Planner. The more I have a plan of action in place and have it recorded with what needs to be done, the materials and the timelines, the more I feel less overwhelmed and in control of the situation. The plan becomes my road map that I can refer to.
- Enlisting help of family members, friends or colleagues sometimes really works. I may use their help by having them just be a listener, provide some hands-on help and support or relieve me from my other responsibilities so I can just focus on the more pressing task that needs to be done.
- I also try to stick to the ‘Pollyanna principle’ where I try to stay in a positive frame of mind. i will confess that sometimes it is hard when things are really overwhelming but I use my mother-n-law as a role model. During all of the years I have known her and through all of the ups and downs i have never heard her say a negative word about anyone or anything. She has this amazing gift of being authentically tactful, gracious and always seek out the positive.
- I will go for a run outdoors because I find it really clears my head.
- I will also place myself in a setting that is serene and quiet for a little while just to give my brain a rest.
- I know this is a little strange, but I also find organizing something in my life to be relaxing. I think it works for me because it gives me a sense of control by putting things in order, which in turn, gives me a feeling of order.
So that is it. I suspect that feelings of being overwhelmed are a reality of living in this century. Hopefully, it is something that comes and goes and that the majority of our time is spent feeling productive, fulfilled, calm and content.
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I would love to hear your thoughts about this interesting fact about life in the 1600s compared to the 21st Century!
What strategies are in your toolbox to help you become less overwhelmed?