Have you at any point in your life got so much to do that you don’t even know where to begin anymore? Sometimes when life demands that you should be on your toes, charge ahead, and try to achieve targets, overwhelming feelings can hit you so hard. Here are a few tips to cope with being overwhelmed.
So many factors can trigger it such as starting a small online business and having to do everything yourself, learning as much as possible in a small amount of time.
Feeling overwhelmed comes in different forms such as anger, feeling out of your depth, thought process (worry, doubt, crying), but the most common form of being overwhelmed is the feeling of anxiety. Having to do everything yourself and learning as much as possible in a small amount of time. Don’t feel alone as it only happens to the best of us. Fortunately, there is hope. Here are a few tips on how to deal with it.
ACCEPT YOUR ANXIETY
There is one thing you must know. Being anxious about the idea of starting a small online business or anything where you are not comfortable is a normal and common feeling. However, fighting your anxiety will not help you to overcome the feeling. It’s normal to experience some anxiety at some points in your life. Accepting the feeling will help you overcome it so much quicker.
CHANGE YOUR OVERWHELM INDUCING THOUGHT
The thought of unpredictability, uncontrollability and having to do everything yourself are the backbone of feeling overwhelmed. It is essential to be mindful of our thoughts because this is what sparks our stress hormones. Learn to think positively, even if you are in the middle of the deep blue sea. For instance, you want to start a small online business and you are faced with the reality of learning as much as possible in a small amount of time and having to do everything yourself. This could lead you fast to anxiety. By learning to control your thoughts, you can take charge of your emotions as well. A simple act of delegating your work to other people who are experts in their field. Use companies such as Fiverr and People per Hour.
CHANGE YOUR MULTI-TASKING ATTITUDE
You are multi-tasking when you try to do everything at once. Having to do everything yourself while starting a small online business can lift your stress sense and make us feel drained sooner than we ought to be. You should change the attitude of doing everything all at once and all yourself. Set realistic goals as to when tasks are to be completed. Make lists of what needs to be done and by when this simple task puts things into perspective.
TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND RELAX
To quench the overwhelming feeling, take a deep breath as this would relax your nerves and muscles. Engage in activities you enjoy such as playing your favourite songs and taking a walk with a friend. The best way is to time yourself working, say 25 minutes with no social media, email or phone distractions. Then take a 5 minutes break. Take 75-minute time block, within these 25 minutes have laser focus and intention. This is called the Pomodoro method. Having a timing method and having intention can keep your anxiety levels low and keep them under control.
Has this helped? See this interesting post on procrastination!