The last few weeks I’ve have been entirely overwhelmed with everything I needed to get done. A few weeks ago we had to grade the write-on competition and that pushed me back on other projects and work more than I thought it would. The following week after that I had a work assignment that also took way longer than I thought it would. I’m stressed because I had so many things I wanted to do like batch all of my Instagram photos and captions, record some episodes for my podcast, and write more than one or two blog posts at a time for this consistency challenge and I haven’t really done any of those things. This caused me to feel disappointed in myself.
On Monday I became even more overwhelmed because we had to register for classes (which I talked about here) and it hit me that I would be spending ANOTHER semester of law school on Zoom or WebEx or whatever my professors decide to use. I remembered how stressful this past semester was and started crying. I then realized that I had been feeling overwhelmed for a long time and me crying was just a cumulation of all that stress. All of those feelings inspired this post.
I deal with overwhelm by taking time for myself.
Whatever that looks like for what I’m going through at the time. The last few days I have been sleeping A LOT and making sure that I stick to my workout schedule (I’ve closed my apple rings EVERY DAY this month y’all). I feel like sticking to my workout schedule has been very important for my wellness this month because when I feel like I’m dropping the ball on my blog, instagram, or podcast…it makes me feel proud of myself that I’m sticking to my goal of closing my rings on my apple watch and working out every day. Keeping promises to yourself is important when you feel like you aren’t doing anything right. Find someway that you can take time for yourself and keep that promise to yourself.
I deal with overwhelm by making to-do lists and then organizing them by importance.
I know, writing a to-do lists may sound counterproductive when you’re dealing with being overwhelmed but sometimes it helps me just to write everything down and see it in front of me. Sometimes feeling overwhelm is just a result of me feeling* like I have a lot to do in a short amount time but really I have more time than I realize to do it. Writing things down and and then prioritizing them allows me to feel more in control of how I spend my time, which helps me not feel as overwhelmed.
I deal with overwhelm by giving myself grace.
Period. Speaking for myself, a lot of my overwhelm comes from self-imposed requirements. If I’m able to give myself grace and talk to myself kindly, some of my overwhelm goes away. Sometimes I have to remind myself that every day I can only strive to do my best and nothing else.
We are living in stressful times and it’s easy to get overwhelmed. I wrote this post off the top of my head so hopefully it’s useful for you. Have a great Wednesday and rest of your week! Follow me on Instagram here for more tips on wellness.