I am definitely someone who prefers to be constantly busy, so for that reason, I take on a lot of extra activities or projects. While being busy makes me happy, I sometimes find myself at a point where I am simply overwhelmed with all that I have going on, and find it very hard to refocus and get all the tasks that need doing, done.
Nowadays, I think I've managed to get to the point where I am able to recognise the feeling of becoming overwhelmed and can employ the following tips to help get through it, without too much unnecessary stress. While I can't guarantee these tips will help everyone, I'm sure there is at least a couple who might find this useful.
1. WRITE EVERYTHING DOWN
I've always found that writing down the things that are stressing/overwhelming me incredibly helpful, as it's an easy way to visualise what's going on inside your head. It also acts as a kind of 'brain dump' if you will, where all those overwhelmed thoughts can be put aside on a piece of paper.
2. TIDY YOUR SURROUNDINGS
Ever since I was little, I've found that tidying my room or even just a certain area of my room can be very therapeutic. For me personally, I find my brain feels clearer when my surroundings are nice and orderly. I don't tend to do a massive clean up, but even just making your bed or clearing the pile of paper off your desk can make a huge difference.
Exercise is always a great way to calm down and relieve stress. Even going for a short walk around the block can drastically improve your mood and clear your head.
4. SET ASIDE TIME TO RELAX.
When we are busy, it's really hard to find time to just sit and relax. However, if we want to be the most productive we can be, and not become overwhelmed, it is absolutely essential to set aside even a small amount of time to just sit and catch your breath. Relaxing isn't being lazy, instead think of it more as time to re-energise. If we keep working without any breaks, that's when we run into issues and start to feel like it's all just too much.
5. ASK FOR HELP WHEN YOU NEED IT.
When we are feeling overwhelmed, it's very easy to get lost in our thoughts and feel like we have to do everything ourselves. Asking for help when you need it is something that a lot of us tend to feel embarrassed or ashamed about, but it really makes such a difference! Even if no one can actually help you with the tasks that need doing, it can always be nice to at least have someone there who you can check in with and unload some of your thoughts. Whether it be a friend or family member, find someone who is willing to listen from time to time.
I hope you found at least some of these tips helpful! I'd love to know any tips you have that you would like to contribute! Leave them in the comments below, I always love hearing from you!