This past month has just been crazy for me!! What about you? There has been a heap of school commitments for my kids, trying to follow up on health related appointments, end of year celebrations, a camping trip, a new work project and all the usual daily activities. I can easily feel overwhelmed and stressed!
Here are a few things that I have found helpful when I feel like I have so much to do, and so little time to do it in!!
1. Re-frame How You Think
Being busy and having a big to do list doesn’t have to lead to feeling overwhelmed. However if you hold very high expectations of what you want to do and the standard you complete those tasks at, it can directly contribute to high stress levels. Yep, that’s me!! Let’s be kind to ourselves more often and not hold ourselves to such exacting standards.
2. Priortise Sleep
It may seem counterintuitive when you have so much to do, to spend more time sleeping. However getting 7 to 8 hours sleep every night actually helps you to be more productive, get more done and make better decisions on how to use your time.
3. Write A List
Get down on paper all the things you feel you need to be doing or “have to” do. Go through and cross off anything that is unimportant or could be done at a different time. If you have difficulty deciding what’s important, ask yourself “What would happen if this task didn’t get done?” Then choose your 3 most important tasks and allocate time for those to be completed first.
4. Take A Break
When you feel overwhelmed, it can be tempting to keeping pushing on doing more and more. Instead have a break and get away for 15 minutes or longer if you can during your busy day. Take a walk or go somewhere where there are few distractions and it is quiet. We all need to think about where we are at, what’s working in our lives or what’s not. Stepping back from the busyness, even for a short time can help you think through what is most important to you and give you clarity about the stress you are facing.
I recently took a short break away from my home and kids for about 1 1/2 days. At the time I felt like I was headed towards a mini-burnout. It involved traveling 3 1/2 hours away to say with a close friend. So while physically it wasn’t very refreshing, it was so good for my soul to step back from what I do every day.
5. Ask For Help
Complaining about how tired and busy you are is very different to seeking out people who can help you practically or support you emotionally. Instead look through your to do list and note what you could ask someone else to help you with. Even if that means delegating more (note to myself here) to your kids.
Have you been feeling overwhelmed lately? What is something you have found helps you feel in control again? Leave a comment below or send me a message here.