We’ve all had those weeks where everything feels like too much. Anxiety is becoming a staple in our society. I think part of this is that we’re normalizing these feelings — we’re saying that you aren’t the only one who feels anxious, overwhelmed, etc.
There are ways to combat anxious and overwhelming feelings. Here’s what I do:
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1. Write Lists
I can’t stress enough how important lists are in my life. It’s literally how I stay sane. I’m constantly writing and rewriting them. For me, writing lists isn’t about calming down as much as it is about staying ahead. This helps me prevent feeling overwhelmed in the first place. Looking at an organized list helps me take things one step at a time.
2. Learn to Prioritize
If you’re able to narrow your list down, it will seem much more manageable. Figure out what absolutely needs to be done right away. Make a separate list for these items. Odds are, your list will be much smaller. I number mine, literally ranking their importance. Then, I take it one by one and it is so much more manageable.
3. Recruit Help
There are things that I hate doing, and doing it with someone always helps. For example, I am not the biggest fan of grocery shopping. I almost always invite a friend, a family member, or make Dalton come with me. For some reason, grocery shopping always makes me a little anxious. It’s OK to ask for help, even with simple things.
4. Schedule in “Me Time”
Taking time for yourself can be really important when trying to de-stress. Make yourself a priority. Schedule in time to workout. Give yourself more time to make healthier meals. Make sure you are taken care of.
5. Know When to Take a Break
Working hard is fantastic. Burn out is not. You will be so much more productive and helpful in the long run if you give yourself a break when deserved. I’m not talking about: I’ve done five minutes of work, let’s watch Netflix for three hours. I mean: I’ve worked my butt off all morning long, so I’m going to eat my lunch without checking my email.
6. Realize You Are Human
We are human — we are not invincible. We can only stretch ourselves so thin before we are being useless to everyone. Realize that we all struggle with this. Realize that we all make mistakes. Realize that we all need help sometimes.
7. Call Someone
For me, it’s often helpful to call someone. Sometimes, it’s just a normal conversation with my grandma, to help me get my mind off of things. Other times, it’s venting to my best friend. Either way, it’s important to make human connection with someone who cares about you. Just remember this — if you don’t tell them something is wrong, how can they know?
8. Go For a Walk
Walking is the simplest way to get away, clear your mind, and get some fresh air. I think this is one of the healthiest things you can do. It doesn’t have to be a long walk, it can be down the hall of your office, around your neighborhood, or through a park. It’s nice to change up the scenery every once in a while.
9. Listen to a Podcast
Lately, podcasts have been really inspiring for me. I listen to them when I’m getting ready in the morning, while I’m driving to work, and every chance I can throughout my days. It helps my life feel much more productive, because the podcasts I choose are inspiring and filled with amazing advice.
10. Purge Your Crap
Nothing makes me feel like a new, calmer person than going through my stuff. I like to organize it and sort through the stuff I don’t need anymore. I always feel great after donating, and I get to come home to a clean house. Just be determined to do it — don’t drive around with junk in your car for weeks. Make a day of it and feel the extra weight drop off your shoulders.