Last week I had two stressful days at work. Friday, in particular, was super aggravating to me. My computer was moving slow and I couldn’t get anything done. My office phone wouldn’t stop ringing and on top of that, my to-do list kept growing. At one point, I was ready to just pick up my computer, throw it out the window and leave for the rest of the day. That’s how frustrated I was. So when 1 p.m. rolled around, I was grateful I had made lunch plans. I desperately needed to just get out the office, have a change of scenery and just get some fresh air.
When I returned from lunch, my computer was moving faster and I was able to breeze through the next couple hours of work, even staying an extra hour to get ahead for this week. As I drove to meet my happy hour crew (a small group of friends that meets up every Friday or Saturday just veg out over good food and drinks), I thought about how my work days will only get busier and more chaotic as the weeks get closer to my event. So in order for me to maintain my sanity, I came up with 8 tips to help when feeling overwhelmed and I’m sharing them with you because I’m sure you’ve felt overwhelmed before as well. And since it’s Monday Motivation, I’m also sharing some quotes to remember when feeling overwhelmed.
1. Take a break or a time-out. (minimum 15 mins)
Get some fresh air. Take a walk. Change your scenery, even if it’s for a few minutes. Take some time to step away from whatever is overwhelming or stressing you.
2. Do something active. Exercise!
Exercising allows you to work off some of the anxious energy you have. It also floods neurotransmitters (brain chemicals that communicate information throughout our brain and body) into your brain and tires your mind so that you can’t have as many overwhelming thoughts. Winning! Exercise is like Calgon for the mind.
3. Pray – my personal favorite
4. Call a friend
Sometimes calling a friend to vent is all you need. Letting out those feelings of frustration and expressing them to a listening ear can make you feel good to release.
5. Write things down, make a task list, or even journal your feelings
Writing has always been the easiest way for me to communicate and express my feelings, so if life is stressing me, then I will journal. When it comes to work, I am a List Queen. I keep lots of different tasks list to help me prioritize and organize my day. So when I am feeling overwhelmed, I can look back at the task list, look at what I have checked off and accomplished and feel good about my progress.
6. Ask for help or delegate
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Asking for help doesn’t mean you have failed, it just means you are smart enough to know when you can’t do it all. If you have a team, delegate the tasks you can to them and focus on the more important ones or the ones that really require your expertise.
Contrary to popular belief, you are not superman or superwoman. You can’t always be everything to everyone. Don’t be afraid to say no when you know a situation/project may be too much for you to take on. It’s better to say no now and avoid feeling overwhelmed by something you could have prevented.
8. Drink A GLASS of wine
LOL seriously though, I am not encouraging you to self-medicate every night with wine, but a glass every now and then can have a calming effect.
So when the day gets a little rough, take a break, go for a walk, and breath slowly. You will survive.
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