Three Things to Do When You Feel Overwhelmed

It is so easy in today’s world to get to a point where we feel overwhelmed. Primarily, we are always connected technologically to the outside world, so we often don’t have buffers that guard our decompression time. Western civilizations are very task oriented cultures. We have objectives that need completed and boxes that need checked.

It can be difficult to identify times when we feel overwhelmed. A lot of this has to do with how each personality type deals with stress, but most often we just don’t slow down enough to evaluate why we feel the way we do. Feelings of tremendous anxiety and lack of control could be indicators that you are under a lot of pressure. Or maybe you deal with demand by disengaging and pursuing your hobbies till you are habitually lazy. Whatever your behavior, here are three action steps to help you correct an overwhelmed spirit.

  1. Get some stuff done. Sometimes feelings are just that, feelings. You may feel like you have too much to do, but with the right time management and a little hard work, you can complete your check list. Accomplish one item at a time. Finishing your to–do list one task at a time will help you get motivated when you see things are getting done, rather than being overwhelmed from all that isn’t finished.
  2. Take some time off/away. The key to this principle is balance. As I mentioned earlier, it can become easy to avoid tasks by escaping them. Taking time for yourself is supposed to rejuvenate and energize you for the upcoming work load, not give you an avenue of escape. Create a reward system that allows you to enjoy some free time when you get a desired amount of work done.
  3. Get away and get intimate with God. We read repeatedly in the gospels of times when Jesus stepped away from his earthly demands to be with the Father. If Jesus was God in the flesh, what makes us think we don’t need a supernatural recharge? I will use myself as an example. If I feel my spirit sinking in all I have to do, often times I like to break away and watch the sun set. While I watch, I pray. I vent, rant, or communicate with God in any way that may help me feel relief. Find your way of decompressing with the Lord. It’s the best solution.

In conclusion, make sure to maintain balance in your work life. It is easy to take on more than we can handle. Know your limits and try to circumvent pressure failures in your life before its too late.

God bless, and have a great Saturday.

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