This Far Side® cartoon by Gary Larson tells the story. I love it because I can’t tell you how many times I’ve felt this way! It happens to me when I’m overwhelmed by what I’m doing or believe I have to do. And I know I’m not alone, right?
It’s easy to get overwhelmed. With work demands and family needs, schedules get overbooked. We seem to believe we are like those Energizer Bunnies who keep going and going without stopping to recharge our batteries.
We aren’t built for constant activity. Our bodies need downtime. If we neglect our need for downtime we are likely to go into OVERLOAD. You know you’re in overload when your moods are very much like Oscar the Grouch or you are often sick and feeling exhausted.
Does this sound like you? Well, if the shoe fits… take it off, put your feet up and consider this. You need more downtime.
Here’s what you can do
Ask yourself what you can let go of. There’s always something on your plate that can wait for another day. Teach yourself to say and HEAR the word PRIORITIZE and learn to be comfortable with it. This article, How to Prioritize Tasks, will help you with this.
Take a mini-break. Mini-breaks are important because they give your body and mind a chance to rest and recuperate, without using up a lot of time. Check out this article for ideas about taking a mini-break.
Leave work behind and take a vacation. Often our careers will cause us to feel overwhelmed. Therefore, consider taking a vacation to relieve the stress. Even a few days can make all the difference. The key is to “vacate” your work. Here are some suggestions for leaving work behind when choosing to take a vacation.
Become comfortable saying NO. Being overwhelmed is often the result of an inability to say NO. Here is an article that will help you learn how to become more comfortable saying NO.
Most of us will experience feeling overwhelmed at some time. It’s what we do about it that’s important. Like the kid in the Far Side cartoon, we need to be aware when our brains are full, excuse ourselves and take a break!
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So, what about you?
What happens to you when you become overwhelmed?
What strategies do you use when you’ve become overwhelmed?
Look for my new PhotoStory post on Monday!