I enjoy the holiday’s, but for some, it’s a stressful time of year. Your calendar and ‘do’ list is looking pretty intense. If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone! Just about everyone on the planet right now feels overwhelmed, like there’s too much to do and not enough time to get it all done.
Overwhelm has almost nothing to do with getting things done – it has everything to do with your energy and mindset. If your life is cluttered, so is your mind. It’s challenging to stay focused on the present moment, when looking into the future of tomorrow, or the weeks ahead.
In today’s article, I’d like to give you my ‘Top 7 Overwhelm Elimination Strategies’ for breaking free. Seeing things in a new perspective is key, and taking one bite of the elephant at a time. If you multi-task, that’s great, but finishing what you start is extremely rewarding. You get to see an end result, the fruit of your labor once something is complete. That is immediate gratification.
Strategy #1: Focus on the Big Picture
You get overwhelmed because you’re focused on everything that’s happening around you. You lose sight of the big picture, or the 30 thousand foot view. Have you ALWAYS been OK in the bigger picture? Yes you have, so zoom out for a moment and take a deep breath.
Strategy #2: Change Your Environment
You’re probably not aware of how many things in your current environment trigger you to feel overwhelmed. The stack of papers or bills piled up on your desk or that camera reminding you of the videos that need downloading. Clean off your desk by putting everything in another place. If your children have left gadgets behind, ask them to put them where they belong. If the weather is nice, take your laptop outside and enjoy the day while you work. That will also inspire creativity.
Strategy #3: Acknowledge It and Let It Go
Most people are so busy trying to get away from overwhelm they don’t realize it’s a part of you. Trying to run away from yourself never works. Instead, stop for a moment, close your eyes, and just acknowledge to yourself that you feel overwhelmed. All energies inside of us (good and bad) are calling for our attention. Recognize it and then just simply let go, knowing that it is not serving you at this time.
Strategy #4: Learn Something New
If you’re always overwhelmed, it probably means you’re operating from a less than ideal state of knowledge or consciousness. Be sure to carve out some time to learn from others who are steps ahead. It could be a book, audio program, or online video training. This new information will give you a better perspective about how to best respond to your life and business.
Strategy #5: Exercise
Exercise has been proven to reduce stress and give you more energy. Take some time each day to get out in the fresh air and go for a walk or run. You can also partake in a Mind Body workout such as Pilates or Yoga to really stretch and strengthen your muscles, release tension and boost your energy. It may sound like one more thing to do, but the benefits are astounding. Physical movement such as a brisk walk, will clear the mind, and along with deep breathing, you’ll feel refreshed and re-energized.
Strategy #6: Quiet Your Mind and Do Some Inner work
What’s required from you to really shift this energy is to spend some time doing your deeper inner work. Letting go of your old wounds, forgiving those who have hurt you, healing from your past trauma’s. Get connected to something greater than yourself. Find your way of being in the world that is authentic to you.
A powerful exercise that works great is to close your eyes and focus on all the things that you are grateful for such as; your life, your family, your friends, your health, your career etc. This is a powerful way to put you in a peaceful state quieting your mind. Then, visualize your day and set your intentions on how you’d like your day to go.
Overwhelm Elimination Strategy #7: Call Your Coach
A coach will help get you laser focused. If you don’t have someone or a group of people who are holding you to your highest potential, providing support and guidance and keeping you focused, I guarantee this is one of the reasons you’re struggling. Get aligned with a coach immediately. There’s a reason why EVERY athlete or successful business owner in the world has one.
How Do You Deal With Overwhelm?
Leave a comment below with the things you do to deal with your own overwhelm.
I’d love to hear what works for you!
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