What Do You Do When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed?

Image by Robin Higgins from Pixabay

As you could probably tell from my last post, I’ve been feeling a little overwhelmed this week. Not only am I trying to figure out what I want to do with myself professionally (how I want to expand my business offerings), but I’ve also been overloaded with work.

As a freelance writer, I do appreciate the busy times because they help equal out the times when it feels like I’m sitting here twiddling my thumbs. It’s just been a bit extreme this week because I had last week off and am trying to play catch-up. Plus, a few of my clients have requested special pieces of content (like 566 meta descriptions and 2 eCourses), which all take a bit of time.

The idea of getting all of this done within the specified deadlines has impacted my sleep, raised my anxiety, and…oh, did I mention that through it all I also just learned that I need a root canal?

While sometimes my overwhelm does get the best of me, I have managed to keep it fairly under control by doing a few things:

  • Keeping my exercise schedule. It would be amazingly easy to not exercise right now and simply transition from my office to the couch when my work is done, but I do feel better when I end my work days with at least 30 minutes on the treadmill, ,so I’ve kept it up.
  • Taking regular breaks. When I’m busy, I sometimes feel as if I don’t have the right to take breaks. At the same time, I’ve also learned that I’m more productive with my work when I take a few minutes to myself throughout the day. This helps recharge my battery so I can go back for more.
  • Having a “one at a time” attitude. When I look at my never ending to-do list, it’s easy to let the shear number of items on it begin to overwhelm me. However, when I start to feel this way, I remind myself that I will get through it…one thing at a time.
  • Venting to some really understanding family and friends. I’m a venter. Just the act of saying out loud that I’m overwhelmed has a way of chilling me out. And I have a sister and couple of good friends who are amazing listeners. I’d be lost without them.
  • Giving myself adequate time. In the past, I would agree to short work deadlines even if it meant that I was overdoing it. Now I always cushion my time frames with an extra day or two so I have some built-in time when life happens. (Did I mention I need a root canal??)
  • Anchoring to my past. I also find that it calms me when I remind myself that I’ve been here before and eventually worked my way through it. It’s a strategy referred to as anchoring and you can learn more about it in this blog post about anxiety.

These are just a few things I do to help keep me from being overwhelmed by a schedule that seems too full to accomplish. Any that you’d like to add? Let me know in the comments below!

(P.S. Don’t forget to subscribe to Building Your Grit so you never miss a post!)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s