Stress kills motivation. Mental exhaustion stifles inspiration. And overwhelmed people stop. We can become paralyzed by too much. Too much to do, too much to learn, too far to go.
We’re all susceptible to the state of overwhelm, especially when dealing with big changes in our lives. The whole mind/body connection makes you wonder, “Do I feel tired and grumpy because I’m overwhelmed or am I overwhelmed because I just don’t feel well?
Either way, you need a plan to get back on track. Sometimes the biggest part of victory is simply keeping your head up out of the foam of the ocean you’re drowning in to see the shore. The best time to implement the following three strategies is before you’re sinking.
3 Tips for Navigation
1) Take a step back and work on developing a new perspective. Dale Carnegie said, “It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It’s what you think about.” Wrestling the bear of overwhelm begins in your thought life. We tend to believe our own self-talk, so change the way you’re talking to yourself. You are stronger and smarter than you think and we tend to lose sight of that in the face of obstacles.
Break the task down.
Take a deep breath.
Seek wise counsel.
Whatever you do, DON’T try to make a plan at 2’oclock in the morning. Challenges are best dealt with in the light of day.
2) Time block a small piece of time daily to begin working on the challenge that seems the biggest. If you need help with time blocking, let me know. Being a bit ADD myself, (not medically – just experientially) I have found time-blocking to be an invaluable tool.
3) Stay in your lane. Allow at least 30 minutes a day for doing what you’re BEST at. You know, the thing that absorbs you so that an hour can fly by ans seem like 5 minutes. It’s refreshing to be in your zone. Go there.