Simple Steps To Tackle Overwhelm That Don’t Involve A To Do List

Have you ever felt like this? You’ve been up since 6 a.m. shuffling between getting ready for work and getting the kids ready for school in a fine balancing act rivaled only by performers from Cirque du Soleil. One child is refusing to get dressed and the other is demanding her hair be done exactly like Elsa from Frozen. With only five hours of sleep you’re fading and it’s only Monday.

It’s easy to get caught up in the constant pressures of life but you don’t have to live in overwhelm. There’s a better way.

Start with these simple steps.

See things differently. Our perception colours our world and it can make us see beauty or negativity in every moment. In fact, our minds are wired to focus on the negative. We have the power to change that with awareness. Are my kids really trying to drive me crazy or am I just exhausted? See things as they are and from a different perspective. With practice you’ll be able to create a positive mindset. Daily affirmations can also help and remembering we can start fresh at any point.

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Say no. Pick one thing today or this week that you’re just not that in to and say no. Maybe it’s yet another extra-curricular activity for your little ones or a social obligation that you just aren’t in the mood for. Create space for yourself by saying no to things and activities that aren’t bringing joy to your life. Fit in time to recharge to add to your well being instead.

Live in the moment. Contrary to popular belief, most of us aren’t made to multi-task. In fact, according to Forbes, multi-tasking can reduce productivity by as much as 40 per cent. So focus on what you’re doing right this very moment. Being mindful can help. Take a deep breath and become aware of what is around you. What are you seeing, touching, hearing and smelling? Focus only on your surroundings and let everything else fade away. As an added bonus, this is a great way to calm down during stressful moments.

Create a schedule not a to do list. Instead of making a long list of items you need to get done today, choose just three or four to focus on. Schedule them in your calendar as you would any other activity. You now have a more manageable list to tackle along with a scheduled time to do it. Don’t worry if at the end of the day you didn’t get to everything. Move what didn’t get done to another day and go from there.

Replay your day. At the end of each day run through your day in your mind’s eye. What worked well? What would you like to change? Look at the pain points to determine where you could do things differently. Maybe it’s waking up 15 minutes earlier so you can get ready before your little ones or by meal planning on the weekends. Being grateful is a surefire way to brighten your mood and release negativity. So spend a few minutes to dwell in the positive moments and the good feelings too.

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Say goodbye to overwhelm and start living your best life now.

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