It is about a week before Thanksgiving. Many schools just got off Fall break due to the Elections, Veteran’s Day and Teacher’s Convention. Moms everywhere (or at least I always was) are feeling the stress of all the things to get done BEFORE the holiday in addition to who they are going to handle the proverbial “I’m bored” statements from the kids.
As a mom, it’s easy for us to reach the overwhelmed state and it can be difficult to get past it. I mean when we are in the midst of it, who can really see the light at the end of the tunnel? It is there but it may be so far away we can barely see it.
Here are 5 practical ways you can overcome the feeling of overwhelm and actually have a happier day.
Sounds pretty basic, right? The truth is we need to take some deep breathes to calm down so you can think clearly. When things spin out of control, our first instinct is to try to accomplish as much as possible in a short amount of time but this only makes things worse. Once you calm yourself down, you can return to the busyness with a better frame of mind.
A ‘brain dump’ is a journal exercise where you write everything currently on your mind. You can write individual words, make lists or write out your feelings. It’s a fantastic way to clear your mind and organize your thoughts so that you can move past the overwhelm.
Everything is out of your brain so choose one task which will make the biggest difference in your life right now. I know it is tough. Our list is long and EVERYTHING could possibly make a difference. Here are a few ideas:
- Clear a table covered with papers and other stuff.
- Clean up the pile of clutter in your living room.
- Start on the mountain of laundry.
- Create a meal plan.
- Ask a friend to watch the kids at her house so you can take a nap.
- Clean the kitchen.
- Clear a counter.
- Say no to a few upcoming obligations.
- Make some meals.
- Call a friend to chat.
Okay, I can see the eyes rolling like I am totally CRAZY! Who could possibly relax when there is a million things to do. Actually, sometimes the best way to deal long to do list is to forget the list and do something fun. When you return, you will have more energy, motivation and creative ideas to work on the list. You might actually accomplish everything needed to be done in record time.
No, not your list – create a quick list of what is most important in your life. Now, go back to your brain dump and circle the tasks which have to do with your most important list. Work on conquering them and the other stuff can wait for now.
Can I guarantee you will go from overwhelmed to focused? No but what I can tell you is by consistently practicing these tips, it will be a whole lot easier.
I challenge you to take a few minutes to create your MOST IMPORTANT LIST. Write down your top values and priorities. Then post this list where you can see it for those moments when you are feeling overwhelmed.
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!