Because of covid 19 pandemics, most people start feeling overwhelmed with life. They feel like they are overwhelmed and their responsibilities at work and home may increasing. Between work, family, and personal commitments, they are not able to focus on their life. Even the daily news also making you feel stressed.
We all know that person who seems to have their life together forever. They probably have no fewer responsibilities than you. It is more likely that they have better stress management and know-how to deal with feeling overwhelmed. Instead of feeling overwhelmed, they prioritize, delegate, and achieve—and these are skills you can learn.
Why do you feel overwhelmed?
Feeling overwhelmed often begins when you think much about your future. Like planning for a wedding, thinking about kids’ careers, or thinking about your business project, etc. The covid 19 pandemics have forced people to think more about their future. Feeling overwhelmed can also be the result of building up to the smallest things: Maybe your spouse is working a lot, but you need more help around the house. Or a change in work has left you with more responsibilities.
Feeling overwhelmed can create a cycle of negativity: You become overwhelmed when you are not managing your state. You feel stressed and anxious, making small things seem bigger than you are. This makes you feel even more overwhelmed, and the cycle continues. To break the cycle, you need to take a step back and learn how to deal with feeling overwhelmed productively.
Some ways to stop feeling overwhelmed with life
Everyone is familiar with feeling overwhelmed—but few know how to deal with it better. Here are the strategies many successful people use to take back control of their emotions.
Challenge Your Beliefs
How many times have you wondered, “Why do I feel overwhelmed?” in the last month? Last week? If feeling overwhelmed is a constant struggle and you can’t quite put your finger on the cause, you may need to examine your limiting beliefs. We all develop beliefs about ourselves and the world around us based on our personal experiences. Are you a perfectionist? Do you care too much about what others think? Letting go of such beliefs can help you let go of anxiety and overwhelmed feelings for good.
Focus on Your Result
Sometimes we can’t say no. Sometimes we need to do things. When you have a lot on your plate and you’re wondering how to deal with feeling overwhelmed, the first step is to focus on your outcome. Your result is your ultimate goal. Maybe you’re planning an event that you want to go to without a hitch. Maybe you are building a business to achieve financial independence. Focus on the results you want, then determine how you can get there through practical solutions.
Once you have determined your ultimate goal, work backward to set your priorities. Tony’s rapid planning method is ideal for zeroing in on your most productive tasks. First, you will prepare your vision. Then you’ll make plans for the next day, week, and month (and so on), creating a laser-focused map for your life. This is a way of thinking that can change your life when you are feeling overwhelmed.
Ask for Help
A keyword in “I feel overwhelmed” is: I. You are not alone in this. By leveraging your network or support system, you can turn the “I” into “we” and stop feeling overwhelmed. This could mean delegating work at work, outsourcing work at home to professional help, or even asking your spouse to do the dishes. Worried about appearances? Asking for help shows resourcefulness and self-confidence, which are two key traits of great leaders.
Know When It’s Good
Perfectionism can come from fear: If what we’re doing isn’t right, it’s wrong. It is a failure – and therefore we are a failure. Competitive people are also often perfectionists. They feel like they can “beat” everyone else by becoming perfect. But if you’ve been spending too much time on tasks that bring you only marginal benefit, then it’s time to make ends meet. As Sheryl Sandberg puts it, “perfect is better than nothing” — and Facebook’s COO knows what she’s talking about.
Take a Break
For many of us, letting go of things like perfectionism is a form of self-care. It’s important to prioritize your mental and physical health if you want to stop feeling overwhelmed. Taking breaks increases creativity and makes you more productive when you return. Bill Gates retreats every year for two weeks. Marissa Mayer takes a week off every four months. Go ahead and unplug. You might not be thinking “I’m feeling overwhelmed” when you’re reading a book on the beach.
Practicing mindfulness is another almost universal habit of successful people. Tony makes priming a part of his morning ritual, focusing on gratitude and goals. Padma Shri Warrier meditates every night – a habit that helped her feel overwhelmed by the 22,000 employees she watched as Cisco’s CTO.
Think you don’t have time? Spending just 10 minutes clearing your mind can sharpen your focus, help you think clearly, and make better decisions.
Do something nice
Adding another item to your schedule may be the last thing you want to do if you’re constantly thinking, “I feel overwhelmed.” But it can be one of the best remedies. Volunteer at a soup kitchen or homeless shelter. Pack the boxes in a food bank. Walk the dogs at the animal shelter. You will step out of your own head and look at things from a new perspective that will take you from feeling overwhelmed to feeling grateful for what you have.
Saurabh Goel is the founder of Brain Soul & You. He is an Entrepreneur, Author, Brain Performance coach, NLP Wellness Coach, Life Coach, Brain Analyst, and Trainer for Education, Corporate, Entrepreneurship.