One of the things that my generation tends to complain about most is how stressed or overwhelmed they feel. I’m not saying I’m not guilty of it myself, because I certainly am. I work 40 hours a week, run this blog where I post 5 + times a week, write freelance articles and try to make time for a social life as well- so I’m busy, too. Over time,I’ve learned how to effectively deal with this feeling of stress and being overwhelmed (in addition to a few doctor visits and medication). Here are a few of my personal tips.
Learn to say “no”
As a writer and blogger, I get tons of opportunities for new side jobs, projects and collaborations. If I said “yes” to everything that was thrown at me, I wouldn’t have time for sleep, so I learn which opportunities to take and which ones to simply say “no thanks” to. Whether it’s saying “no” to something like helping out on an extra project at work or even going out on a Friday night when you’re exhausted, it needs to be done. If you feel that you are too overwhelmed at work, then maybe it’s time to assess your job. This means you should prioritize tasks, ask for help, meet with your supervisor or boss about your workload, or change jobs. No one should have to work a 10+ hour day, in my opinion.
Write things down
As cheesy as it sounds, having a notebook or planner has helped me immensely. As soon as you find out about appointments, due dates of big projects or upcoming weddings, write them down in your planner or calendar. Write to-do lists and check things off as you get them done- the feeling will be amazing when you’ve crossed off all the items.
Give yourself a break
Taking time to just relax, breathe and watch some trashy TV can reduce stress greatly. When I feel overwhelmed, sometimes I just listen to music and shut out the world. Unless it’s something that needs to be addressed this second, try not to worry about it. I have so many friends who can’t sleep at night because their minds race with thoughts of tomorrow’s workday. Leave work at the office! Clear your thoughts and focus on relaxing and spending time with friends or family while you can.
How do you deal with feeling overwhelmed?