Overwhelm Prevention

6 Steps to Get Out of Overwhelm

By June 7, 2016 No Comments

Do you feel like you are in a constant state of overwhelm? Too much going on to really slow down and enjoy life? Are you juggling so much that you don’t feel super successful in anything?

Here are 6 Steps To Getting Out of Overwhelm:

Say NO – Are you the type that feels bad when you say no to someone so you say yes even though you don’t really want to? What is that costing you? Your precious time, your health, your sanity, connection to loved ones? Do yourself a favor and learn to be less of a people pleaser and stand for something.

Stand For Something – When you aren’t clear on what’s most important to you, it’s easy to fall into the trap of doing what everyone else wants for you. When you are clear on your values and priorities and you honor them, it’s more difficult to be swayed into a direction you don’t want to go. Take a stand for what’s important to you. Everything else is secondary.

Make Self-Care a Priority – Self-care is not selfish, it’s necessary. When you put your well-being as a priority you are more able to take care of others and fulfill on what’s most important to you. Constantly giving and doing keeps you in a state of depletion and from there you have little to give and the resentment, anger, sadness and disconnect continue to grow. Take care of yourself so that you have more to give to the things and people that matter.

Clear Your Plate & Delegate – Look at what you are currently doing and see how much of it you want to be doing. If it is something you don’t love, takes a lot of your time or is something someone else can do, then delegate it or let it go completely. What are the things you can let go of entirely and what can you delegate to someone else? Even if you have to pay someone to help you, what does that free you up to do? Is it worth it? Only do the things that bring you joy, are in alignment with your values or are moving you toward your end goal. Let go of the rest.

Change Your View – Overwhelm is a state of mind. Perhaps you are looking at the situation in a way that causes stress and anxiety. How could you look at your situation differently so that it supports you rather than drains you? Imagine riding in an airplane and looking out the window from the pilot’s seat, sitting in first class and sitting in coach. The experience will be different for each depending on what you are focusing on. Certain conditions are more conducive to relaxation yet depending on what a person is thinking about will determine how she actually experiences the situation. What is your focus and how might you take a different view?

Focus & Release – When we are met with multiple obligations, activities or choices, it can feel overwhelming. Choose one thing at a time to focus on and complete, if possible. In the moment, release everything else and do one thing at a time. Once the first thing has resolution, move on to the next, knowing it will all work out. Release the need to control and conquer it all. One thing at a time will get it all taken care of in due time.

If you utilize these tips and still find yourself in overwhelm, then just breathe and keep repeating until you feel more calm. This too shall pass.

If you would like support utilizing the tools to get out of overwhelm and create a plan of action so you can feel calm again, book a Complimentary Session with me here. I am here to help.

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JUSTINE ARIAN, CPCC Certified Professional Co-Active Coach