6 easy steps to overcome overwhelm

Hello friends!

Ever have those weeks where suddenly everything is on at once and you end up running around like a headless chicken non-stop? Mmm yeah me too, and waaay too often! It is a strange world we live in that sometimes the less time you actually have, the more you get done. But that being said, it can be hard not to let that feeling of overwhelm get the better of us when our schedules are chocka-block. Don’t you worry my friend, you are not alone in your little meltdowns and minor freak-outs, I’m the Queen of Crazytown.

Anyway, if there is one thing I pride myself on it is my planner my organizational abilities. I schedule and plan like nobody’s business.

Over the past couple of years while I have been studying I have learnt to manage my time and get my juggling act down to an art. I don’t understand it but professors have this uncanny ability of managing to schedule all of our assignments and tests at the same time. It’s like a test of our mental stability I swear.

But let’s be real, life is just hectic at the best of times. On top of work there is social commitments, housework and shopping to do and who even knows how we are supposed to fit in sleeping, eating and exercising as well. It’s no wonder we are all so stressed and constantly caffeinated.

So I thought I would share a few easy steps you can take to overcome that overwhelm(ing urge to hide under your covers all day.)

6 easy steps to overcoming overwhelm:

List all obligations

Jot down every single thing you’ve got on the horizon. I’m talking appointments, meetups with friends, classes and work. Anything that requires putting on pants for.

Prioritize

Now make note of which item on your list is the most important. Some helpful starters are to look at what is due first because obviously that needs your attention stat. Is anything worth more? If you are in college then I’m talking grade-wise, but if you are in the real world, maybe you need a little extra cash and one item is gonna get you that over another. That’s important.

Take a look at your list again and see if there are any things that have no due date or aren’t really urgent, push those way down to the bottom of your list.

Something important to note: once you have made a plan, stick to it! Whatever you do, don’t be a flip-flopper! There is nothing worse than a person who flakes out on their friends if a better offer comes along. I don’t care how great that movie looks or how cute the guy is…you know the deal…ovaries before brovaries!

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Schedule in ‘me time’

This is something we tend to let slide when we get super busy but making time for self care is so so so important. If you don’t look after yourself you will end up getting sick, sleep deprived and burnt-out. You actually cannot function without rest please don’t push yourself to your breaking point!

So go ahead and pencil in non-negotiable time for yourself. Completely unplug and unwind. Don’t be scrolling through your emails or planning your next project. Shut down your laptop, silence your cell phone and allow yourself to be fully present (I’m starting to sound like my yoga teacher…)

Go for a walk, take a bath, paint your nails, frolick in the Autumn leaves (or Spring flowers.) The options are truly endless. 

Remind yourself that you are a winner.

I don’t know about you but I have to constantly be reminding myself that I CAN do this and I WILL get through it. Sometimes we just gotta be our own cheerleaders. A little sprinkling of positivity can work wonders for your productivity and help you avoid that feeling of overwhelm. So take a moment to repeat these mantras to yourself or take a look at these 8 reminders for bad days

Remember what Nelson Mandela said… “It always seems impossible until it is done.”

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Start ticking away at your to-do list.

Just get started. It doesn’t matter if the first task is really small, in fact it is actually better if it is. If you give yourself a small task to start with, something that is easily accomplish-able then you can complete it and it will give you the momentum you need to tackle the bigger tasks. 

So start small. Do the little things that you keep putting off. Book that appointment, reply to that email, file those forms…whatever it takes to get yourself in the groove. Starting is better than doing nothing!


And there you have it. Those are my 6 easy peasy steps to overcome overwhelm. I have found that when I use this method it helps me to avoid that feeling of having way to much on my plate and not being able to handle it all. When you just stop for a second and write it all down, you’ll see that it really isn’t so bad!

Let’s just recap one last time:

Write it all down–> Prioritize–> Add in self care–> Give yourself a pep talk—> Get STARTED!

Pin this little reminder for later:

Life can be really hectic and it can be oh too easy to feel completely overwhelmed. If your schedule is jam packed and you are feeling a little burnt out, take a look at my 6 easy steps to overcoming overwhelm. Save yourself from a mental breakdown!

M x

Now tell me…

How do you overcome overwhelm?

What is your favourite way to relax?

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14 Comments

  1. First of all, I love those shoes! So cute. As well as the beautiful colors of the leaves! You’re definitely right on the ways to overcome feeling overwhelmed. Some of these I should probably take to heart more often. 🙂

    1. Thanks! I love them so much too. I had this massive dilemma when choosing them because I couldn’t decide between the plum or tan coloured ones. Plum won obviously. They gave me such awful blisters when I first wore them but now we are best friends.

    1. Mmm hmm. And I think the other key is to remember that at the end of the day, people are the most important thing. Work, study, projects won’t be there at the end, it’s those precious memories and laughter that makes life worth living.

  2. Such a great post, Megan. I am currently in a stage of my life where I am more overwhelmed than EVER… so this post is quite timely! Prioritizing is essential- making lists is my go-to when I start feeling overwhelmed, and I am totally a stress cleaner. If the house is clean I feel like I can take on the world, lol!

    1. Thank you! Well I’m so glad you read this post then. I hope it helps you with conquering that overwhelmed feeling. I’m so with you on that. My desk MUST be clean or I cannot focus!

  3. Love how simple this is. Thank you for this Megan; I have found that prioritizing was something that I was not good at for a long time, and I would just run around completing tasks half way (pretty bad, right?). Now I’m learning how to prioritize and complete the things that have to be done and also get in rest so I can complete those things! It makes work so much more enjoyable.

    1. Oh dear half completing tasks stresses me out! I’m an all or nothing kind of girl. It’s great you are learning to prioritize. It makes life so much easier!

  4. I love all of your tips! I am a college student entering in to my last semester in the fall, and over the past (almost) 4 years I have found planning and prioritizing to be extremely necessary for basically every day survival haha!

    1. Oh hooray you are SO close! Planning really is essential for surviving college. I’m glad you liked these tips. Thanks for reading Amy!

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