The Solution to Overwhelm

There’s too much to do and seemingly not enough time. The list is endless. I scratch one thing off but it doesn’t even make a dent. Actually, it feels as though my “to-do” list is the Hydra from Greek mythology- as soon as I scratch one thing off the list, another two rise in its place.

I run around like a chicken with its head cut off trying to stay on top of the workload. I become very inefficient because nothing actually gets done. I’m too busy switching tasks to complete any one thing.

It can be so overwhelming sometimes that I can go into a state of paralysis. Like I have so much to do that I don’t know what to do. I just stop doing anything and “check out” of living. This can look like me reading a magazine article that I don’t even find interesting. Or me sitting in front of the computer, staring at the screen.

Can I be honest with you? Sometimes I think that packing it in at 10:00am and just going to bed seems like the only reasonable option. “Well, I tried my best. Maybe a new day will make things better.” (I know it’s not actually reasonable, but it can sure seem that way sometimes.)

So, what is there to do? You are in a state of overwhelm and/or paralysis, what do you do?

The answer is actually quite simple: just do the next right thing. Prioritize. Find the thing on your list that needs to be done first, then do it. Focus on that one thing. Then when that one thing is done, focus on the next one thing.

Take it one step at a time. Soon you will find your rhythm and life will flow again. Things will settle down and fall into place.

Like everything else in life, this chaos is only temporary.

When you are paralyzed with overwhelm, just do the next right thing.

As I said, it’s simple.

Sometimes we just need the reminder.

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Here’s to conquering stress.

With heart,

The Stress Experts

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