Smash your paralyzing overwhelm in three simple steps.
Have you ever found yourself sitting still with a million things zooming through your head?
Like your brain is on overdrive, but all your thoughts are crashing into each other and you have no idea how to make sense of it or make it stop...
This is overwhelm & stress, and it is just plain exhausting.
Perhaps you tend to freeze or procrastinate like mad.
Maybe you're plagued with headaches or have trouble sleeping.
Or maybe you find that being overwhelmed leads to self-criticism and judgment.
If you have dreams and goals that you're not consistently taking action on...
If you wish you had the drive to go after your health & wellness goals...
Or if you are always beating yourself for just never getting around to finishing that last project, falling into a cycle of paralyzing overwhelm is very likely part of the problem!
Instead of actually putting your time and precious energy into the life and future you want to create, you're getting sucked into this exhausting cycle.
Here are three simple steps to help you break free from the cycle of overwhelm and get back to prioritizing the things that really matter to you!
1. Do a BIG brain dump!
Grab a piece of paper and write down EVERYTHING that is happening in your head. Whether your busy mind is focused on work, on your family, on the errands you need to run, the friend you meant to call back, or your weekly grocery shopping, get it out!
Doing this is SO cathartic. Everything on your to-do list, every stress, and every little thing you've been trying to remember, put it down.
It's like spinning plates in the air. We can all only do so much, but it gets overwhelming very quickly if you're not staying focused! So we are putting all the plates down and empty your brain.
Sometimes this may take a day or two if you've been saving things up for a while, other times it only takes 15 minutes. Make sure you give yourself the time and space you need.
Take everything you've written down and start looking for common threads.
For example, did you write "start journaling every morning" three times? You might just be surprised... Go through all of the items that came out in your brain dump and start categorizing them.
Common categories may include: Work/business, home, family, pets, self care and health & wellness. But feel free to categorize things in any way that feels best to you!
3. Create a step by step action plan
Once you've broken things down into categories, you can start to formulate an action plan.
What is the MOST important or pressing item? That needs to be done sooner.
Painting that spare bedroom in your home? Probably not a priority.
Learning to speak to yourself with kindness and compassion? Or get your self care in? In my books that's #1!
Create a schedule of what needs to get done first. Figure out what you can outsource or ask your partner or family to help with, and what needs to just be off your list altogether or is not even important to you.
When you have a plan in place, you are more likely to actually do the things on it!
You will be more effective, more energized, more focused, and better able to feel compassionate toward yourself and proud of your efforts.
Don't waste another moment allowing your overwhelm to sabotage your peace of mind.
If doing this brain dump and prioritizing your needs sounds overwhelming in itself, then get some support.
Working with a life coach is all about setting goals and achieving them one small step at a time! Together we will get you out of your own way so that you can confidently move ahead with ease. Find out more here.