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It is that time of year when people begin feeling stressed with everything that needs to be done. Here are some ways to deal with stress when you’re feeling overwhelmed.
7 ways to deal with stress when you’re feeling overwhelmed
Updated: March 7, 2020
Life can be overwhelming in general but particularly around this time of year – Christmastime.
I’m not sure how I dealt with overwhelm in the past but I don’t think I handled it very well. In fact, I don’t think I dealt with it at all. I just kept trying to get things done so that I would feel better.
Well, I have learned from those stressful times and I now have a system for managing those times when I am feeling overwhelmed, depending what is making me feel overwhelmed.
There are various things that can cause a person to feel overwhelmed. Some of those things include:
- having too many things to do
- having a large project to complete
- having unfinished things
- having too much stuff
- trying to get your house in order
- being disorganized
The effects of stress on your health
Stress can have a very negative effect on your health. Here is a list of health problems that can be caused by stress (source):
- Digestive problems
- Heart disease
- Sleep problems
- Weight gain
- Memory and concentration impairment
This list is shocking to me and it is the reason that I believe detoxing your life should include discovering ways to deal with stress. So let me help you with that.
*If you don’t want to read, you can watch my (short) video instead.
Here are some ways to deal with stress when you are feeling overwhelmed:
1. Do a brain dump
Write it down (or write a note on your phone if that’s how you roll). You can relieve a lot of stress and tension just by writing it down. This is because you get it out of your head. You release it. You then have a record of it so that you won’t forget and you don’t have to keep trying to remember what you need to do.
When you have so many things to do, you need to prioritize. This also helps to relieve the stress of having so many things to do.
One idea is to create three lists – one to do now list, one to do soon list and one to do someday list. Or plan your lists by dates. If you like to use your phone to help keep you organized, there are many helpful apps to assist keeping you in line.
3. Plan to accomplish 3 things each day
This works really well. The idea behind this is that it is usually feasible to accomplish at least three things a day. Not only that but once you accomplish those three things, you’ve gotten some things done that you can cross off your list and it makes you feel good when you accomplish those things.
4. Make your bed
I didn’t make my bed for the longest time, even once I reached adulthood. I just never saw the point. I remember I used to say, “well, I’m going to just mess it up again tonight”. I laugh now at some of my ‘logic’ growing up.
The point in making your bed is that it only takes a few minutes for you to feel a sense of accomplishment at the start of your day.
The other problem for me getting into the habit of making my bed was that I would very often just forget because I never made my bed when I got up. This is a great habit to get into. I have heard many times that successful people begin their day by making their beds (celebrity examples).
So, start your day off right by making your bed when you get up, first thing in the morning or at least sometime early morning.
I’ve gotten into the habit now (I still don’t make my bed upon awakening) of making my bed when I get dressed for the day. This is what works for me because I always get up and feed my boys (and myself) first.
So, find a method that works for you. If you are not already in the habit of making your bed, I highly suggest it. It will make you feel good. It’s a great way to start the day.
A messy house leads to a messy mind. Experts suggest that a messy house can cause a person to feel anxious (source).
I know this from experience. When my house is a mess, I feel overwhelmed, stressed, anxious and irritable. However, once the house had been cleaned and things have been put away, I feel so much better, like a huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders.
6. Get rid of clutter
This idea is the same as above – a cluttered house leads to a cluttered mind. Again, this is common knowledge among the experts. Read eight reasons why a cluttered house can cause anxiety.
I completely agree with this theory as well. I have experienced this time and time again. The less stuff I have, the better I feel.
The best way to deal with clutter is to make three piles –one for things you want to keep, one for things you should throw away and one for things you could give away (a great tip I learned from a reality show).
7. Take it one step at a time
This is a way to deal with large projects. Having a large project or goal is very overwhelming when you think of it as a whole. This system is also very helpful. So, let’s break it down.
Break it down into steps. Begin with the goal, or project, and work backward. Uncover the steps needed to accomplish that goal. Once you decided on the steps you need to take, break it down further into tasks.
You could also break it down in intervals. Again, work backward. Decide what you need to do each month to complete the project. Then decide what you need to do each, then each day.
I highly suggest you try these ideas to help you deal with overwhelm. I guarantee these ideas will help you to handle stress and make you feel better. I’m sure you’ll find at least one method that works for you.
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Do you know some ways to deal with stress? Do you have any tips for times when you are feeling overwhelmed? Share your comments below.
I wish you health and happiness,