When You’re on Overload, You nevertheless Have Options
Do you ever have one of those days when you can’t see already a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel?
You know what I average. One of those days when your to-do list is overflowing and your phone is ringing and you are overwhelmed and discouraged. You feel like you’re swimming upstream and you can barely keep your head above water.
I hit one of those times recently. Had I been able to tack on another four hours at the end of my day, I nevertheless wouldn’t have come close to “getting it all done.”
When I hit times like that, here’s what I do…
Overload Doesn’t Have to Own You
I take heart and I remind myself that I nevertheless have choices.
I picture myself standing at an emotional crossroad. Right there, I place myself at a strength point, because I get to decide what direction I’ll take next.
So, place yourself there with me now.
If you give in to feeling overwhelmed, you can easily sabotage your good efforts. Maybe you’ll succumb to procrastination. Or perhaps with your energy dwindling, you’ll lose focus and give in to weakening worry. And, of course, self-criticism is always lurking and ready to jump in, too.
As an different to those self-defeating choices, I often suggest that people look at their values, the urgency of responsibilities, and who will be affected if responsibilities are not completed. Armed with that information, you then begin to prioritize.
There is however another way…
A third option for when you’re feeling overwhelmed is to simply tell yourself “I’ll never get it all done.”
Honest, self-nurturing relief.
The first time I said those words to myself in a factual (not a self-pitying) way it had an immediate, positive effect. I was accepting my limits and giving myself permission to stop trying to do the impossible. Getting my feet back on the ground, relaxing my shoulders, taking a breath, I let go. I returned to my responsibilities unburdened.
How does this resonate in your life?
What things have you found helpful when you are on overload?
Let’s analyze time together…