Suggestions For When You Feel Overwhelmed

We all have those incredibly frustrating times of feeling overwhelmed.  Sometimes the only thing you feel you can do is sit down, stare into nothing & panic.  Not productive but it happens probably more often than any of us care to admit.  Today I want to share some tips on how to get through when those times happen.

If you know anything about my writing, you know the first thing I always suggest is prayer.  Why?  Because it works!  Talking to God helps your relationship & it helps you by getting these things off your chest.  He also can help you to formulate a plan to accomplish what you need to, which will reduce that panicked, overwhelmed feeling.

Next, try committing to doing what you need to do.  Making up your mind that you will do this task may not sound important, but it is.  It puts you in a different, better mindset about the task. 

Then try to formulate some goals on how to accomplish your task & make those goals small.  Let’s use the example of moving to a new home.  Your major goal once your stuff is in this new place of course is to unpack, but that goal is overwhelming when you’re surrounded by boxes.  Instead, set small goals, like unpacking a minimum of 3 boxes after work every evening.  If you have the desire to do more, each evening great!   Do it!  But, keep your goals realistic so you do NOT do less than your small goal.  Accomplish at least that & anything above that is a bonus.

If you need things to accomplish your goals, gather all supplies you may need.  Using the moving example again, that could involve cleaning supplies such as chemicals, rags & paper towels.  Probably also a large trash bag for the packing paper & bubble wrap.  If you are doing some type of research, that could involve your laptop, pen, paper, & something to drink. 

From here, you need to figure out how to accomplish your goal.  Take small steps.  If unpacking from a recent move, consider which boxes to open first.  Move those into the room where they need to be unpacked.  Move only a few at a time.  If you are trying to accomplish something else, it may involve more steps.  That is fine, just don’t do too much at a time.  In fact, it may help you to write out each step you need to take to accomplish your goal, then cross off each step as you do it.  Seeing your accomplishments in writing can be motivating because you see evidence that you are able to do what you need to do.

As you tackle each step, you will come closer & closer to your goal.  This not only helps you to accomplish what you need to do but helps you to avoid feeling overwhelmed because you are tackling it one small piece at a time.

Also as you work through this process towards your goal, try to focus only on one small step at a time.  Avoid looking at the big picture for now.  Focus on only the task directly in front of you to keep yourself from feeling overwhelmed.

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6 responses to “Suggestions For When You Feel Overwhelmed

  1. ibikenyc

    Excellent as always, and timely as usual! 🙂

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  2. This is how I’m writing my memoir. I have a goal that I will write at least 25 words in my memoir, every single day. Twenty-five words is so easy, I can do that in just a couple of minutes. Most days, I write at least a hundred words, some days many hundreds. Occasionally, I write over a thousand words in a single day. But on the days when it’s just too hard, I can still manage to write at least my 25 minimum goal. This keeps my momentum going.

    I had just read this post, and was going to write a comment, when I got interrupted. My doctor’s office called. Long story short: after wearing a portable heart monitor for 48 hours, my doctor got the results, and it shows that I had several episodes of PVCs, PACs, and a couple of rolling ventricular fibrillation or tachycardia… I’m not sure now which the nurse said it was. So, I am being referred to a cardiologist.

    Yes, I am feeling a little overwhelmed right now. Like you said, prayer!!! I’m so grateful that we have a loving heavenly Father who listens, and answers, when we pray!

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    • What a smart goal you have! I like that!! Goals are so important in writing. I read once Stephen King’s goal is to write 2000 words every single day. That is too much for me on the topic of narcissism, but it gave me a place to start. 2000 any time I sit down to write about it in a book (blogs are about 600 words each). Doesn’t have to be daily, & sometimes I fall a bit short, but other days I double it so I try not to sweat the falling short days.

      Oh no! I’m so sorry to hear this!! Will be praying for you too! Send updates when you can? Email if you prefer.

      Amen to what you said about prayer!! ❤

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    • ibikenyc

      Praying for you, my friend ❤

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