One word that I feel could describe pretty much everyone’s state of mind right now is overwhelm. We’re all overwhelmed by all the news on the TV, all the changes we have to make in our daily lives to adjust to the current state of the world, and just everything really. And figuring out what to do when these feelings of overwhelm overpower us can be a bit difficult, if not daunting.
The best thing you can do when feeling overwhelmed it to bounce back, not give up. Bouncing back is better than not doing anything altogether. Today I’m going to show you how you can tackle your feeling of overwhelm and get back on track with your life.
Start with a braindump
I’ve talked about braindumping before here on the blog, but I don’t think I’ve ever explained how important it actually is. Braindumping is pretty much putting your thoughts down into paper. It provides relief to your brain, thus making you feel instantly less overwhelmed
Grab a piece of paper or open your favorite note-taking app and write down all the things that you need to do, things you need to remember and pretty much everything that comes up to your mind.
Now it’s time to start working on the tasks you’ve written down in your braindump. To do so effectively, you must eliminate any distractions around you. Start with the most obvious one: your phone. Put your phone on silent mode and away from you. Put in in a drawer or, even better, in another room.
If you’re doing a task on your computer, close any tabs that have nothing to do with the task at hand. It’s very easy to get distracted by YouTube or any other social media platform. You begin scrolling down and next thing you know 2 hours have passed.
Clean out your space
A tidy space is a tidy mind. A messy space, on the contrary, equals a messy mind.
Having a clean space where you can work out might seem like such a small thing but trust me when I say it’s super important. I can’t work properly if the space I’m in is all messy.
Make sure you tidy your space at least once a day. It doesn’t have to take long either. Just take 10 minutes of your day to clear out stuff. Make your bed, pick up those socks from the floor, throw those old papers out. It’ll make you feel a lot better, I promise.
Take a break
Sometimes all you need is to take a break. Some tasks can be so daunting that you just feel like you have no control of things and your mind is just all over the place. The best thing to do then is to stop, leave that task and relax. Your brain needs rest too. Feeling overwhelmed sometimes can be resolved just by walking away for a while.
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Schedule things in
It might sound weird to schedule things when most of us are just at home all the time, but even at home humans need some kind of structure. Having a schedule to get back to helps your mind feel less overwhelmed as it knows exactly what to focus on at any given time. Time block your days on your google calendar and go by there.