How Not To Feel Overwhelmed…between world news, work obligations, parent duties, personal goals…perhaps I should re-phrase this to “How do we not feel overwhelmed?!“. I am no expert on this subject. Moreover: it is, in fact, my weakness. Today, I’m asking YOU, dear friends, to chime in…share your tips on How Not To Feel Overwhelmed.
How Not To Feel Overwhelmed
Recently, my friend and I commiserated on respectively feeling overwhelmed. Like if we only had 2 more hours in the day — then we might get things accomplished. It just feels like we’re playing catch up. Every. Single. Day.
And all of our respective problems are very first world problems. You might have noticed I didn’t post last week. It’s not because I wasn’t writing. I was writing too much. I had so much work to go to drafts for approval that live publishing wasn’t in the cards. I admit: having too much work is an excellent problem to have.
Aside: you’ll love what’s on deck in the next few weeks. Giveaways, activities, and recipes coming!
But as soon as I’d have one draft down…I’d have to get the kids. Make dinner. School lunch for the next day. Clean up. Homework supervise. Bedtime routine.
And then the nightly news. And the morning news. Geez Louise. What’s going on in the world?!
I felt…wait…I feel…overwhelmed. When I go to bed. When I wake up. When I work and the rare moment I am still.
How do you NOT feel overwhelmed?
I tend to dwell in the details.
Which makes world events and nightly news heavy. Such sadness. Such pointless tragedy.
Here are a few ways I try to reign in overhelm-ed-ness (and again…I’m no expert).
- Do something good/helpful for someone. Because by giving back…I feel like I’m doing something positive. So hold that door open for a stranger. Smile and say good morning as you walk past that person. Text a friend and simply say “thinking of you”. Hug your child and listen to their stories of the day.
- Compartmentalize. Little jobs can be conquered. I set up work hours. No laundry or errands during these times (unless we are seriously out of milk). It makes me accountable to myself to get stuff done.
- Don’t ignore the kids. This one sounds so silly yet isn’t right?! So easily when we feel overwhelmed we think “just watch TV so I can…“. No. When you feel overwhelmed…kids sense it/see it. Don’t ignore them. Give them attention (and it will change your attention in turn).
- Give yourself permission to turn off. Yes, we should all be informed and educated adults…but give yourself permission to turn off the TV, email, social media when you feel overwhelmed by news or events.