If you're feeling overwhelmed or stressed out... you're not alone. It happens to the best of us. In fact, everyone I have talked to lately is dealing with stress on one level or another.
For most of us, the main problem is simple:
Too much to do. Too little time.
As if the daily routine of life doesnt hold enough stress of it's own, it seems there is always something extra thrown in to the mix. Appliances break, unexpected company shows up, computers crash, illness and injury strike, etc.
All the while the clock keeps ticking and its easy to fall farther and farther behind. Stress builds, anxiety sets in, and you find yourself completely overwhelmed...
There are times that I wonder if I will ever catch up. I have to laugh at myself and say "Of course not!" because it's not even possible. The grass will grow again. The laundry will all be dirtied. The dishes will be used at the next meal. The sun will set and then rise again, and it all starts over - and over, and over.
There is always work to be done, there are always deadlines to meet, and there will always be tasks waiting for your attention. We ALL feel the crunch. I do. You do. Even the checkout girl at the grocery store does. It's LIFE in our high-tech, non-stop, fast-paced generation.
While you cant slow down the world, or put life on 'pause' so that you can get caught up, relieving the usual daily stress is truly as easy as 1-2-3...
3 Simple Ways To Relieve Stress:
1. Stop, Analyze, Identify
Yes, stop. I promise you the world wont come to a screeching halt and the sky wont fall. When you feel like you are spinning your wheels, or you're overwhelmed and stressed out, just stop everything you are doing and analyze the situation.
First, realize that you are not alone. As I said, we are all dealing with stress and time management issues of some kind. Take a moment to determine exactly what is causing your stress, and whether it truly warrants such a sense of anxiety.
Often, things are not quite as urgent as they seem. I usually stop and ask myself 10 years from now, will this have really mattered? The answer is usually no. In the grand scheme of things, what you accomplish tomorrow instead of today is not that big of a deal.
Take a moment to figure out why you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed out, how much it truly matters, and what you can do about it.
2. Take Action
Jot down the things that are stressing you most, and then prioritize the solutions. Get specific on what it would take to relieve your stress - whether getting it all done is realistic or not.
The first step is to get it out of your mind, and on the paper in front of you - where you can actually deal with it.
The next step is to take action on those points. Start by eliminating anything that is not ultimately important or urgent. Move it to a "later" list, for things you can always do later. Next, figure out what you can do now... and do it.
Once you list your tasks in front of you, and prioritize that list, it is much easier to delegate some of those tasks to others. Determine what you can outsource, what your children could do, how you can enlist friends and family for help, etc.
Worst case scenario, a checkbook and the Yellow Pages will usually relieve much of your stress (I know it does mine ).
Last but not least, learn to say NO.
3. Take A Break
Yes, I know its hard to imagine taking a break when you have so much to do. But the truth is that a break just may make you more productive - and may be just what you need to get back on track.
Stop everything and read one chapter in a good book. Take a 20-minute power nap. Step outside and have a cup of coffee by yourself. Take a brisk walk, or exercise for 15 minutes. A small break can work wonders on stress!
You will accomplish much less when you're feeling overwhelmed, than you will when you approach it again with a fresh perspective.
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