Tired of overwhelm
As we have been getting ready to hit the road for our big move to Colorado, we have been trying to juggle multiple things. I have always been a multi-tasker but with the move, it has been a bit extreme. Besides the daily things like work, cooking, dogs and so on I had to add cleaning out the attic, going through a million things of old paperwork, clean out and separate the things we want to bring from the things we were either selling giving to the kids or donating.
With that, I have to admit my household has been a bit chaotic. The organization has not been a priority and when that happens, I stress out.
But how could I organize with half our furniture already gone, sold! Can’t put things, away right?
Trying to keep my stress levels under control has actually been quite challenging as we are not only getting ready for our move but have my oldest daughter moving to Maine and my youngest daughter starting College.
In the meantime, as you already know we have purchased a camper and traded our car in for a car that can actually pull a camper.
So, you can see a lot has been going on, so how do I stay focused? Yeah, I have to admit it’s been kind of tough.
In the end though, what it comes down do is prioritizing. When we first started to get ready for this crazy journey of ours, I didn’t prioritize. I thought I could just do it all. Got to love that overachiever in me, well only sometimes, lol.
Eventually, I got overwhelmed and with that, I got a bit cranky, and couldn’t sleep well anymore as my mind was just racing at night about the things I have to do, the things I can’t forget about, and the things I haven’t been able to get done.
Being overwhelmed is never a good place to be in. I stopped exercising, stopped meditating, and with the added stress my Lyme disease decided to surface again, so aches and pains and feelings of unwellness and tiredness kicked in.
It’s kind of crazy to think I know all of the things I know I have to do to keep myself from getting overwhelmed and then I don’t do them.
I think that this happens to many of us in different situations. I know many people know that they have to eat a healthier diet, but don’t because of different reasons. I know many people who need to add exercise to their daily life but for different reasons they don’t.
The thing is I know I have to watch myself when I get stressed and then I don’t until I reel myself back in. Then I refocus on what my goals are, prioritize my deadlines.
I had to learn to let one thing go to accomplish another. This is hard for me as I like to have everything done at the same time, but we all know that that is impossible.
So, what can you do if you are in overwhelm mode and are stressed?
Here are 5 things that help me:
- Recognize that something is off
- Pinpoint the problem
- Prioritize your deadlines, goals, chores…
- Make peace with the fact that one thing at a time is ok (I know when I try getting too many things done at the same time, none of them get my 100% attention and the job gets half done)
- Start your self-care (A healthy mind makes a healthy body)
Once I started applying these five things to my overwhelm things started to get better again:
- I felt better
- Slept better
- I actually, got things done (such as writing this blog)
- My Lyme started feeling better as well, even though I am on antibiotics (antibiotics can also make me feel off, but my aches and pains got so much better)
- I became less stressed and more excited
Taking care of ourselves is one of the most important things we can do for mind and body. No one can do this for us, other than us. That’s why it is so important that once we recognize something is off, we stop and take a second look at the problem and reconfigure our current overwhelm our diet can highly influence our situation, as sugary foods can affect our:
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- the way we think
- how we handle stress
- how we sleep
- how we take care of ourselves
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With this, I encourage you to take a look at your situation, assess it, and go from there. Take these five steps on how you can resituate yourself without continued overwhelm.
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Xx Andi 🙂