We all have that white noise in our heads that is constantly chattering on about the things we need to get done, or beating us up for not having gotten it done yet.
When we get overwhelmed it’s usually because someone or something turned up the volume on the chatter.
Last week was a crazy week. I wanted to get our holiday cards out; Alex had a choir field trip during the day, a performance in the evening, and a big project due at the end of the week. Ryan had his first basketball game and we had a party at our house on Saturday for about 60 people. Whew! I found myself getting stressed out and spending more energy worrying about the timing than actually getting things done.
The number one way to snap out of overwhelm is to be 100% present with what you are doing right here, right now.
Last week that meant putting my phone in the other room and shutting down email while I was working on a project. Sharing the list with Gary so that he could help and trusting the Universe that it would all work itself out.
Here are some of my other techniques for getting out of overwhelm:
- Reality check: you will always have too much to do. It’s not about getting it all done, it’s about deciding what is the best thing for you to do right here in this moment.
- Keep a note pad with you at all times to jot down thoughts as they occur to you. Doing so frees up your mental space so that you can focus on the task at hand.
- Say Thank you. It may sound crazy to say thank you for being overwhelmed, but doing so will create an energy shift that creates space and realize all of the good that you have going on.
Remember, it’s all about progress, not perfection.