How To Eliminate Overwhelm: Living in Overwhelm – The State of Your Life Series: 02

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Eliminate overwhelm – for your health’s sake! Society’s shift in structure has, in many ways, created an epidemic of overwhelm. All of us have so many hats to wear at once, and we keep trying to put on more.

Read on for tips on how to eliminate overwhelm to change the state of your life in a positive way…

Now more than ever, men are pressured to balance family life with their work. More and more women have found themselves living in the same delicate balancing act, too. As if that was not enough, society’s shift into the digital age has added a whole new layer of chaos all its own.

Have you ever felt as though you were living in a state of overwhelm? Life can be so crazy sometimes. I remember when I was single without any children, all I had to be concerned about was making enough money to cover the bills and if I was making enough time for my dog.

Well, times have definitely changed since then. Not just in my own life but in our society in general all thanks to the high-tech world we live in.

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When I talk to my clients, I hear them talk about how they are living in overwhelm with all of the responsibilities they have with their job and juggling the kids, their health, taking care of the house and their spouse.

Add in the social media craze and email demands, then it’s no wonder that we all seem to feel as though we are living in overwhelm most days.

Often, because of the financial demands that many people have, life can get a lot more complicated when you are working a side hustle to make extra money or starting your own business on top of everything else.

Living In Overwhelm: How To Eliminate Overwhelm

Living in our society with the technological advancements hasn’t exactly made our life easier in every possible way, has it? In some ways, I suppose it has. I am thrilled that I can run my business anywhere on the planet. I’m grateful for the amazing technology, but this same technology does have a dark side.

Do you feel as if you are paralyzed, anxious, irritable, or even angry? These are feelings that even people without businesses and children are experiencing on some level. They’re clear signs you need to eliminate overwhelm. Here are the steps you need to start!

Step One

First off, you need to understand that if you are experiencing any of these feelings then it’s time to step back and look at the situation. Recognize what’s going on. Are you trying to do too many things? It’s difficult to step back and look at things objectively.

Are you working aimlessly without any sort of plan? Are you feeling lost and don’t know what to do next? This is where you begin to realize that you are living in overwhelm and need to come up with a better strategy.

It’s time to stop spinning your wheels and take the time to eliminate some of the overwhelm that’s making you feel frustrated and lost.

Step Two

You need to find what it is that can help you to change your mental state of overwhelm and anxiety, as well as your physical state.

It’s important to tackle both, because if you take a moment to step outside of yourself, you will see that anxiety has a certain ‘look’ to it – just like any other feeling. You may be massaging your temples, holding your head in your hands, fidgeting nervously, or pacing.

All of these will only feed into an unhealthy mental state. You need to do something that will make you feel better – and look like it!

What works really well for me is to walk away, and take some time to think and focus. The tasks that help me find clarity are;

  • cleaning the house
  • organizing a small section of a room, like a single drawer or cabinet. (Now’s not the time to commit to a job big enough to overwhelm you even worse!)
  • going for a walk (preferably in nature)
  • taking a shower
  • grabbing a notebook and pen to start writing my thoughts down.

Step Three

One tactic that successful people know well is to become resourceful. Having a great support system of family, friends and co-workers is imperative.

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When you need a breather, it’s time for you to delegate or – imagine this – ask for help. I know, I know… asking for help is easier said than done for many people. For myself, I would love to be able to call myself “independent” all the time. In this article, I discuss some strategies for finding out when and what you should delegate.

Step Four

Something that is a major problem with a lot of people is staying a bit too connected to social media and email. This was something that was talked about quite a bit in Tim Ferriss’ book, The Four-Hour Work Week  (affiliate link).

Personally, I see how easy it is to allow time to swallow me up as I get sucked in the vortex of technology. I found that saving social media and checking email for later in the day is very helpful. Give it a try. You want to tackle your main priorities first thing at the beginning of the day not checking your email or Facebook.

These strategies work for anyone who wants to eliminate overwhelm, even the stay at home mom. At the end of the day, we need to put strategies to work for lives in an over-complicated world.

Thanks for reading! I invite you to continue the conversation in the comments below, and I’ll be happy to respond as soon as I can.

sharon koenig, life coach, life coach in colorado springs, life coach blog, life coaching blog