Feeling stressed from time to time is natural. However, there can come a point where you feel so emotionally overwhelmed that it’s hard to stay focused and complete daily responsibilities. In today’s guest post, Jill from Organizational Toast is sharing 6 tips to stay on track when you feel like you can’t keep your head above water.
Whether it’s a family emergency that needs our attention, a tight deadline at work, or just the day to day challenges of motherhood, there are times when tasks pile up and we start to get that feeling.
No, not “that loving feeling” The Righteous Brothers sing about.
Instead it’s that stomach churning, mind spinning, practically paralyzing feeling of being completely overwhelmed by the stress and emotions of it all.
When that happens your stress levels start flying high.
It’s hard to imagine how you can possibly tackle all the things that need to get done.
How To Get Things Done, Even When You Are Emotionally Overwhelmed
Friends, I’m here to tell you there is a way through.
It doesn’t involve crying and eating lots of ice cream. Though that sometimes helps short term.The strategies I am including are designed to help you:
- calm down
- and start feeling like the supermom you are!
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Here are the steps you need to follow to get back on track:
1. Send Yourself to Time Out
Taking a minute (or 20) to gather yourself and do something unrelated to what is stressing you out.
This might mean:
- sitting in the sunshine for 5 minutes
- making a cup of tea
- blasting your favorite song and dancing that cranky baby around the house.
The goal is to break up your thought process.
The thing about feeling overwhelmed is that it can become a viscous cycle. So give your brain a break and send yourself to time out!
2. Make An Already Done List
Do you get to the end of the day only to stay awake all night thinking of everything that still needs to be done? This is a surefire way to feel unproductive and stressed out.
Make a list of all the tasks you completed today.
You can do this at the end of the day or whenever it suits you. And I bet this already done list is a lot longer than you think.
That’s the thing about momming. We don’t give ourselves credit for a lot of the tasks that we do on the day to day.
Taking stock of what you have already completed will help to shift your mindset and make you realize that you are making progess!
3. Write Your Feelings Down
When you have all those thoughts rolling around in your head, it can feel like too much!
Putting down on paper exactly what is overwhelming you will help you to gather your thoughts.
Seeing it in front of you provides another perspective. It will also help you to prioritize; Focus on the things that need to get done right now and then move on from there.
Download this free guide to help you write your to do list.
4. Start Small
If you are familiar with Dave Ramsey and his “Baby Steps”, this is kind of the same idea.
Basically, you tackle the smallest task on your to do list first.
A quick win will help you feel better and create some momentum and a sense of accomplishment.
You can take that momentum and build towards tackling the larger tasks.
5. Remember this too shall pass
Think about what is overwhelming you and ask yourself a “Will this matter” question.
- Will it matter in 6 months that my kids ate cereal for dinner tonight? No.
- Will it matter in 12 months that the laundry sat unfolded for a week? No.
Instead, if the answer is yes to this question, then you know you need to focus your attention on that and let the other stuff slide.
6. Practice gratitude
Focus on all that you have to be grateful for.
- Think of how you are grateful that you have a job, even if that tight deadline is looming.
- Focus on how grateful you are that you can be home with your sick child, even if that means everything else falls to the wayside.
- Realize that you have food, shelter and modern conveniences that would be considered a luxury by many.
Sometimes it helps to write these down or even to say them out loud.
There you have it mama! 6 strategies to help you be productive even when you feel emotionally overwhelmed.
Jill is a work at home mom to two sweet and crazy kiddos. She spends her days working for a university library, publishing faculty and student research. Her goal is inspire other moms to get organized and gain freedom through simple strategies to manage their finances, home, and life. You can find all her tips and tricks to avoid feeling emotionally overwhelmed on her website https://organizationaltoast.com