By Chianne Green
Have your ever felt like you had so much to do in so little time? You try hard to manage work responsibilities, a social life, exercise, traveling, romantic relationships, and so much more but by the end of the day you feel drained and have little energy to accomplish anything. Don’t worry we all have been there. Sometimes the feeling of being overwhelmed could feel like the walls are closing in and none of the tasks we set aside were completed and the list of tasks gets longer and longer. Feeling overwhelmed can come from a lack of control over tasks within and not within our power. Possibly results from feeling overwhelmed can be lashing out, breaking down, or crying spells, and ultimately not achieving any of our tasks or responsibilities. It can lead to feelings of sadness, lack of energy or sleep, and sometimes anxiety.
*take a deep breath*
What you’re feeling is completely normal and is extremely common. It’s how you manage your time and cope with the feeling overwhelmed that makes the difference. A lack of time management and healthy coping skills can result in a downhill trend.
Tips to Stay on Track:
Let’s face it, we have a lot of things we want to complete every day but there simply isn’t enough time to accomplish everything. Managing both tasks and responsibilities can feel like a chore but finding a way to organize and prioritize all desired tasks can be extremely helpful. Once you begin to establish a system that works for you it’ll become easier to balance all responsibilities and tasks in your life.
Here are some helpful tips…
- Make a to-do list and prioritize tasks. Put tasks that are time sensitive or most important at the top.
- Learn and apply time management skills
- Try eliminating unnecessary tasks
- Try keeping a planner
Incorporate Self Care:
One thing we all forget to do is to take care of ourselves, especially at times when we feel overwhelmed. What is self-care? Self-care is when an individual proactively takes steps to maintain their mentally, physically, and emotionally stability. Think about what makes you happy, what brings you joy, or what makes you feel at ease. Self-care can be working out, participating in yoga classes, or eating healthy. Additionally, it can look as simple as an extra hour of sleep, putting your phone on do not disturb, or scheduling time to meet up with friends or family. It can look different for everyone, so don’t worry if your ‘self-care’ looks different from your friend or neighbor.
Why does self-care matter?
Self-care is important because you cannot complete a task at your best if you’re not feeling your best. Simply put, you cannot pour from an empty cup then expect your best results. When you begin to take care of yourself it’ll become easier to manage your daily tasks. Incorporating self-care is just as important as maintaining self-care. Once you get into a rhythm of what finding what works with you, it’ll help elevate stress and become part of your routine. Maintenance and stability of your mental, physical, and emotional health is extremely important and necessary. If you do not take care of yourself, you will not have the ability to focus on anyone or anything else.