3 Ways to Move Past Feeling Overwhelmed and Take Action

“Remember stress doesn’t happen from what’s going on in your life,
it comes from your thoughts about what’s going on in your life.”

Do you struggle with feeling overwhelmed? It looks something like this: You have a million things to do, but don’t know where to start, so you don’t do anything, and then the next day the situation repeats itself.

Believe me, I’ve been there. Working full-time while also running my business, I felt overwhelmed often. After I transitioned to becoming an entrepreneur I thought, “it’ll get better because I have more time.” However, we all know the truth; there isn’t ever enough time so we have to make due with the time and resources we do have! Feeling overwhelmed is completely normal, but it doesn’t mean you have to accept it. It is possible to keep it at bay and I’m going to help you with that today!

Three ways you can get back in the driver’s seat:

Write it down

Get all of your ideas out and on a piece of paper. Yes, you can use your phone, but I think there’s more power in physically writing your emotions, to-dos, and lists down. I love to use a white board or one of my many journals for this. Make a list of everything you need to do or all of the things that are pressing on your mind. Divide your list into different categories (i.e. Home, Work, Side Hustle, Kids, Physical Health, etc.) so it’s more manageable. Once you have your lists circle three things in each category that would propel you forward right away and then take action on one of them immediately. This will help you get started, take action, and build confidence.

Here are some writing exercises to get you started:

The Brain Dump: Journal Technique
5 Daily Writing Practices That Expand Awareness
Meet Yourself Through Writing: 3 Self-Compassion Journal Prompts

Call in the troops

Have you ever felt so stuck in your own head that you didn’t know where to start? You’re so deep in it that you don’t know if you’re coming or going? The most obvious answer is right in front of your face, but you can’t even see it. This is the moment where you could greatly benefit from an outside perspective. When we get stressed our bodies automatically move into a fight or flight response and generally do not respond to new ideas. Our minds can’t conceptualize and brain storm because we’re focused on survival. This is when having someone you trust to talk things out is huge. The discussions will help, but also having someone that doesn’t have any attachment to your outcome will be able to offer feedback. I’m grateful everyday for my tribe that has helped immensely with this. I actually do a check-in every Friday with my friend I call my “Biz BFF” and we do this exact thing. It also helps provide accountability.

Celebrate along the way

It’s extremely easy to fall in the trap of wanting more and more and pushing ourselves to extremes. Have you taken time recently to celebrate how far you’ve come? Looking back at what you have done, celebrating and giving yourself a little credit releases endorphins and lets your brain know you’re doing a good job. Your brain doesn’t know the difference between you celebrating yourself or someone else doing it, so be your own biggest fan and celebrate your success. This will motivate you to keep going and tackle whatever obstacles are in your way.

Lastly, never underestimate the importance of self care and making YOU a priority. If you are struggling with stress management in general here are some great tips to help.

Related Reads: 5 Questions to Nail on Your Job Interview, 3 Things to do When You Want to Give Up, Do What You Love: A Reality Check, and How to Fill Your Life With Positivity.

CAT GOLDEN started Nine Lives Health and Mind to help others feel like the absolute best version of themselves. She has a background in pediatric nursing and now does her wellness business full time. She does this through working with individuals and groups conducting weight loss programs, help with athletic performance, increased energy and mindset training. She has been a fitness enthusiast for the last decade and believes that where focus goes energy flows. Focus on gratitude and moving your body and watch how your life can change! (You can also see posts from Cat under The Resource Girls)

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