How to Prevent Yourself From Getting Overwhelmed
Have you ever feel like your life is out of control? Or felt like every little thing was pulling you in all directions demanding your attention? Do you know what to do when you start to feel overwhelmed? Here is how to prevent yourself from getting overwhelmed.
Plan & Organize
One of the best things that work for me is to plan things out. I have a lot of responsibilities and commitments, and unfortunately, I can’t be in all of them! Something I had to do was make a plan and know how my week and weekend were looking like. Organize myself so the usual things I do on certain days can be moved depending on the commitments I have going on this week or weekend. For example, I usually do my laundry and house cleaning on the weekends, but if I have a lot of commitments that weekend, I rearrange my house cleaning and laundry to do during the week.This also helps me to know if I have time to go from one place to the other and be there at the right moment. Knowing beforehand lets you know if you need to bring clothes and change in another location. That way you don’t waste time or gas. When it comes to financial obligations, create a budget and stick to it! You know what you need to pay and when don’t leave it to whatever is left in the account after you spend it on things that were not planned. Also, learn what pushes you the most and makes you feel overwhelmed. You can’t prevent feeling overwhelmed if you don’t know what is causing it. Make a list; find the things that make you overwhelmed and learn to avoid those triggers.
Don’t Overbook yourself
I see this time and time again. People don’t organize themselves, and then your children have things that suddenly, they need to be at, and you find yourself running around trying to make it through your day. Sometimes things can happen unexpectedly, but there are things we can control. Declining to go to an event is not a crime, and it won’t be the end of your social life either. Learn to prioritize and find what needs your attention the most and what has urgency. Sometimes the same principals we applied to our business and work life will help you in your day to day.
Stop People Pleasing
Over the years I have seen an increased pressure on people pleasing. You can’t allow what other people think about you to affect the choices you make. If you have already committed to someone else or made already have a responsibility to pay something at that time, don’t say yes when you know you can’t. Don’t try to keep up with Joneses. You never know what they have going on in their lives. Always stay true to who you are and don’t let anyone pressure you in any way.The thing about relationships is that when you people please it means you need to work on your confidence. Never let others define you. People, unfortunately, are going to talk about you from time to time. What you give your attention to you give power to. Don’t pay attention to those people and if you are surrounded by people that only expect certain things and don’t reciprocate your friendship, is time to move on.
Take Time for You
Another way to avoid getting overwhelmed is making time in your day for just you. Find moments that bring you back to a frame of mind that will allow you to cope with your day. Prayer and reading the Word should be part of our everyday life. Apart from that, what makes you relax? Is it reading a book? Is it sitting in a quiet room with no interruptions for at least a few minutes? Whatever it is, make it happen! Make sure to make time for those special moments. We can’t be productive and happy if we don’t make time for us to decompress. Every person is different, and every person deserves at least fifteen minutes to decompress before continuing with life. Don’t be ashamed of it. On the contrary, defend that time. Sometimes the little things keep us from insanity and prevent us from being overwhelmed.