We all hit that feeling of overwhelm at times, especially when we need it the least. What are some things you can do when you are having that kind of day or even that kind of week? In this training video I’m covering 5 things you can do when you hit that level of overwhelm that makes you want to shut everything down and escape.
Summary. For more detailed information, watch the video.
1. Be kind to yourself. Beating yourself up for not getting things done or even worse calling yourself silly names only make things worse. It’s easy to make things into worse than they actually are. Just because you’re having a bad day, doesn’t mean you’re not a capable person. You can’t do anything about the past, but you can do something about the future. Give yourself a clean slate and start the day over.
2. Focus on the essentials. The task/s that are truly must do’s or crap will hit the fan. The rest can wait. When feeling overwhelmed it’s easy to freeze and not get anything done. Instead of trying to decide where to start, just pick one thing to do. I’m a fan of picking the hardest thing first but when feeling overwhelmed do the opposite. Pick ONE simple, easy thing to do. That helps you get momentum, and once you get momentum it’s easier to feel motivation and gain that confidence. Then go tackle that needle mover task. The way you knock things out is ONE thing at a time.
3. Take breaks, meditate, practice gratitude and count your wins. It’s easy to think we don’t have the time to take breaks but they are essential to keeping your energy and productivity up. Breaks also allows you to clear your mind. Often you may get the answer you need when you step away. Meditation is a great stress reducer and can help reset you. If you are new to meditation try free apps such as Calm and Headspace. Remember, meditation is a practice, not something you master overnight. Practicing gratitude should be a daily habit but extra so when life goes against you. Whatever you focus on expands so focus on what you have (or did) vs. what you don’t have (or didn’t do). Also count your wins.
4. Have lunch or dinner with a friend. When we get out of our own head and focus on someone else we tend to forget our own misery. Go volunteer. Helping someone else is a great way to feel better and also get perspective. Plus getting away can give you that boost of energy and creativity to help you get motivated again. There’s nothing like human contact to help you feel better. Computers are great but they are not that great at telling us “you can do this!” At least not yet. 😉
5. Get perspective. You’re having a bad day. That doesn’t mean you’re having a bad week or a month. We all have bad days. It’s okay. Let it go and step away from the situation so that you can see that it’s not as bad as you think.
Now, go out there, and move forward. It’s time to stop spinning and start living.
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