Whether it’s personal or work related, we all at some point will be faced with a sense of feeling overwhelmed with too much on our plates and not knowing where to go, what to do and panicking there is too much to do.
I luckily tend to deal with stress and a heavy workload quite well, but even I, including very recently, will have a wobble and a moment of sheer panic of how am I going to get everything done. So here are my top six ways to keep your cool and get back in control.
Take a deep breath
Panic has set in and you are ready to have a meltdown because there is so much to do, you don’t know where to begin or how it is all going to get done. Slow down your breathing, take a few deep breaths and then focus your concentration on breathing in and out for a few minutes until you can feel yourself starting to relax and your mind is starting to clear. If it takes longer than a few minutes then keep going until you can feel yourself starting to relax and tension lifting.
Get all that information out your head
Now your mind is focused, make a list of everything that is going around your head. Whether its business related – needing to get back to a client or supplier, or personal related that you need to pick some milk up from the shops, write absolutely everything down onto a piece of paper. It’s now time to take back control!
Mark how important things are, when they have to be completed by, are they things you really need to do, can you ask someone to help you, is it something you could outsource? Now you have a plan of action to work through with deadlines too!
Don’t forget to take time out
We all need to take time out to relax and unwind. We can’t just keep pushing through, but we also become less productive the more we try to. Take some time out to relax. Go for a walk, go to the gym or listen to some music. Do something to take you away from what you have been doing and go back fresh and ready to get on with the tasks.
Talk about it
I am very lucky to have an amazing husband supporting me as well as multiple “business buddies”. When things are starting to build up I will message, Skype, call or speak to one of them to tell them how I am feeling. I’m not necessarily looking for them to give me advice, but it helps to just get everything out in the open so I can then refocus what I need to do and how I am going to get there. Do you have a close friend, family or even someone you have connected with whilst networking that you could bounce off of each other?
Remember prevention is better than cure and taking steps such as the relaxing and making sure you get enough sleep is the best medicine. Our minds and our bodies can’t just keep going, they need time to shut down and rest to allow them to reboot and feel rejuvenated. Working until the early hours is not going to help. We become less productive or can end up making mistakes. Go to sleep and get up feeling refreshed and ready to go.
Don’t ignore it
Most importantly, don’t just hide away, keep pushing through hoping that things will get better or go away. There is only so much our minds and bodies can take and you need to acknowledge that we all go through tough times at some point, but we will get through it, we may just need to take some steps to get us back where we need to be.
I hope these tips have given you some ideas on ways to deal with or reminded you that you do need to make some time for yourself to relax!
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