Is this you?
Because it's DEFINITELY me!
This week in particular, I have been especially overwhelmed.
Imagine I typed "overhwelmed" in a 96 font...that's how overhwhelmed I've been, and every chance I get to sit down I look like that adorable kid in the picture, only much more sad.
Last night, in a surprising burst of, "I should do something" energy, I picked the easiest NON do something I could and I read over the responses on the survey I sent out a few weeks ago, and I read some answers that could have been my own.
A few weeks ago I sent out a survey to get feedback on what my readers/followers/group members need and want most. (If you consider yourself an accomplished woman who desires to not only improve on their life as it is now , but also set out to accomplish even more, you should definitely fill out my survey to help me become more knowledgeable and better equipped to help the women who will go out and help the world.
Some of you deal with overwhelm and shut down as much as I do.
While it sucks that you can identify with now how I feel, it does feel a teeny tiny bit nice to know there are a few people out there who understand me.
Do you ever feel like that?
Like, I’m sorry things suck for you but man it feels good to know I’m understood by someone.
I’m not proud of it, but I can admit it.
So I did what I normally do to get out from under the overwhelm, and I decided that the first thing I would accomplish is a post to help YOU stop drowning in overwhelm as well.
This may seem too easy but trust me, easy is the best way to get started when you’re stuck.
A Plan for When You're Drowning in Overwhelm
Do a brain dump. Get it ALL out anything you can think of with permission to add more later as you remember it.
Separate your brain dump into lists -Business, Around the house, Things to do for others, Things to do for me. etc.
Look at your lists and pick the one that has to be done the soonest (if you’re like me and you can’t pick one, pick 3, but no more than 3).
Circle the EASIEST thing to start with on your list (or on all 3 lists).
Pick ONE of the easiest things and do it now, Yes, now, as soon as you pick it.
Pat yourself, play your one of your favorite “badass” feeling songs and dance to it (or just strut around to it).
Okay, it wasn't that easy. I think 3 and 5 are the most difficult steps, but if you can push through them, you can tackle any overwhelm.
After you're feeling better about yourself and your abilities, you have a few options:
You can ride the wave of this success all day
You can move to the next easiest thing on the list and do that too!r lists and start scheduling time throughou
And if you want to stretch out your progress of feelings of "badassness" you can take a look at your lists and start scheduling time throughout your week to work on the lists- EVEN if it’s only 15 minutes a week- and always start with the easiest on the list.
I wish I could say we could get rid of overwhelm forever, but I don't think it's possible (If I figure it out, I promise you'll be the first to know).
Know that It’s ok if you have to come back to these steps from time to time.
Overwhelm is a part of life for some of us, especially those of us who want to do so much with our lives for us and everyone else.
Having a “go to” plan for these times is helpful and keeps us sane.
Well, as sane as we can be. ;)