Confession time…I’ve been feeling really overwhelmed lately.
Life got hard again this week.
Fast approaching deadlines. Family dramas. Money worries.
I can handle some big stuff, but sometimes…not all at once and not for very long.
Here is a window into my last few days:
- I felt close to tears a lot
- I craved sweet junky food
- I had nightmares
- I didn’t care about washing my hair
- I dreamed of a world where I could wear pyjamas everywhere
- I didn’t leave the house for 3 days…so the pyjama dream temporarily came true
Not a good look!
Simplifying my life has been the most effective strategy in dealing with overwhelming emotions. Having said that you don’t just simplify once and find yourself cured of all your issues. Dealing with anxiety is an ongoing battle.Simplifying my life has been an effective strategy in dealing with overwhelming emotions Click To Tweet
Tips to turn the tide on feeling overwhelmed
I’m feeling more together now and I wanted to share some of the techniques I’ve been using to turn the tide.
Forget your To Do list
Just do what you feel you can. The To Do list can wait!
Let’s face it, there are always going to be things that need to be done. Do exactly what you feel like doing. If that’s something fun or easy, that’s just fine.
Sometimes achieving a task can improve your mood as it can give you a sense of accomplishment. If you feel that might help, pick a task that is going to be a quick win. Something short and doesn’t require a heap of effort.
Chip away at little things. Lots of little things can amount to a big thing!
It’s not like I burnt my To Do list, I just ignored it for a bit. Instant pressure relief!Chip away at little things. Lots of little things can amount to a big thing! Click To Tweet
Spend time alone
I probably don’t need to tell my introvert readers this. That would have been your first strategy.
Attention all extroverts: sometimes you need to admit that you are “all peopled out”!
I don’t always notice that I need time alone. It’s often not until I am on my own that I realise how amazingly restorative it feels.
I admit this is easier said than done…but you just gotta get a little space in order to cope. Otherwise the tides of meltdown will be lapping at your shores.
Which brings me to the next point…
Ask for help
I’m notoriously bad at this. I’m working on it hard though.
As a recovering people-pleaser, it’s not easy. I am fantastic at saying yes, but less than stellar at saying…”hey, I’m not in a good place right now and I need some help.”
I’ve been open and honest about my anxiety with my family, colleagues and friends.
People who know you well can tell something isn’t quite right anyway. Asking for what you need to help you get through a tough time, can mean you get back on track quicker.
Consume nourishing content
I’ve been ripping cd’s into my iTunes library and making an uplifting playlist.
It’s been a blast going back through my favourite music from the last few decades. I’ve cheered myself up with some great tunes and I’ve got that playlist at the ready next time I need it.
I’ve had a “No bad news policy” for a while now. I’m very choosy over what I read, listen to or watch.
I have no idea what happens in the news unless someone tells me. I prefer it that way.
The way news is covered focuses on the bad things going on in the world. It’s not that I don’t care. I do. I tend to get more overwhelmed from consuming negative content than others, so I control it.
Good stuff in = good stuff stays in my head!Say no to bad news. Good stuff in = good stuff stays in my head! Click To Tweet
I noticed that my meditation practice fell off during the last couple of weeks. The thing is…I didn’t notice until I felt really overwhelmed. The stats in Insight Timer app told the truth. I hadn’t been putting the time on the cushion and it mattered.
Treat yourself kindly
Be nice to yourself. This crappy state will pass.
I could have beaten myself up about slipping backwards. Instead, I gave myself permission to not be okay.
You guys don’t want me to be perfect. You want me to be real. Realistic about the fact that Simple Living is not about waving your Fairy Godmother wand and everything is forever easy!
So, yes, I’m sharing my struggle with you. You can talk to me.
From my heart to yours,