Help for Handling Overwhelm

We are heading into the last few weeks of the year complete with all the stressors and pressures the season traditionally brings – most of which have been made even more complicated given the current worldwide health crisis. Just when you think you can’t handle one more thing, yet another moving part is added to the mix.  The only thing you know for sure right now is that you’re in total overwhelm.

It can be incredibly challenging to focus on solutions and take the necessary steps to resolve the situation. However, focus and action can ultimately help most of the things presenting an immediate challenge in your life.

While many of us are prone to worrying and then doing counterproductive things to make ourselves feel better, it doesn’t solve the issue. It just avoids it temporarily.

Consider taking some of these steps to shift your perspective and move from feeling overwhelmed to feeling some peace again:

  1. Identify what is under your control. There’s little point to worrying about those things outside your locus of control. Determine what you can control and place your attention there.

  2. Focus on solutions. Now that you know what you can and can’t change, keep your attention on finding a solution. Obsessing over the problem won’t accomplish anything other than driving up your stress levels. Time and attention spent on solutions is the best way out of your mess.

  3. Create a strategy. Make a plan for putting your solution into action. Figure out what you need to do and put as much time and effort into your plan as you can. The more you do, the better your odds of overcoming your challenges.

  4. Get your rest. Being overwhelmed is stressful. It’s important to get your rest and relax as much as possible. That doesn’t mean lying on the couch all day avoiding things! Get a good night of rest and accomplish as much as you can during the day.

  5. Eat well. Many people stop eating when they’re highly stressed. Others resort to eating a lot of junk. Neither is going to be good for you or help you to deal with your situation. Maintain good nutrition during this challenging time.

  6. Remind yourself that there is good in your life. Be grateful for what you have. Appreciation is a powerful tool in redirecting your thinking. Make a list of all the things and people you have in your life that you appreciate and remind yourself of just how lucky you are.

  7. Blow off some steam. Exercise, an evening off at home with some good ‘laugh-out-loud’ movies, or an at-home rock concert with your favorite air guitar might be just what you need to burn up that extra energy. You’ll feel less anxious and have an easier time of getting a good night’s sleep. If you’ve been working hard, allow yourself to have a break. You can get back after it in the morning when you feel refreshed from a time-out.

  8. Celebrate your successes. Even a little progress is worthy of celebration. Be proud of yourself and get excited about moving forward. You can see the light at the end of the tunnel! This is highly motivating. One success leads to another.

  9. Get help. Two heads and four hands can accomplish more than just a single person. Ask for help and see what happens. The worst anyone can do is say “no”. You won’t be any worse off.  Help can also take the form of professional assistance. Get the help you need.

Overwhelm is an emotion everyone is familiar with. It can be debilitating if you refuse to address it properly. Use your time and energy to focus on solutions. Worrying only makes you feel worse and makes you feel less capable of handling your current trials and tribulations.

It’s surprising how many challenges can be navigated with greater ease if you truly work on how you approach them. You won’t find any useful answers at the bottom of a bag of donuts. Just sayin.😉

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