Life can be overwhelming. Going through your day at a hundred miles an hour doesn’t leave much time for thought. When you are not thinking you are simply reacting to what happens around you. This anxiety causing cycle will cause you to feel as though you’ve lost control. When you feel yourself spiraling out of control, you must stop. Stop, take a deep breath, and think about what you are doing. Stop to really think about the pieces and parts. What is the next step you must take? Are you doing things in an efficient order? How can you get control of the situation to avoid future anxiety-filled days?
Get it all out of your head and down on paper. Make yourself a list of tasks and then prioritize them. You might use a pad of paper or you could use index cards for each task. Then you can move the index cards around and prioritize them easily. Now when you get started again, you will be working on purpose. If you get out of control again, you know that you can stop, re-group, and get started again.
Big picture thinking can lead to feelings of overwhelm. Often when thinking about projects, we think about the whole project. For example, you need to revamp your website. Well, break that project down into smaller pieces. Figure out what your very next step is and focus on that one piece. The first step may be to hire a website strategy coach. Contact someone and move on to the next step. Take one step at a time, one decision at a time.
Take frequent breaks or get away for awhile. There is only so much doing and decision making we can take. Give yourself some rest – even if you just drive around or take a walk around the block – it will help to clear your mind. Make sure that you are getting enough sleep. Sleep deprivation can do serious damage to your ability to think straight and function properly. Get the amount of sleep appropriate for you and encourage your employees and family members to do the same.
Regaining control of the way you are spending time will give you a tremendous sense of peace. Remember, when you feel like speeding up, stop. Give yourself a breather and begin again refreshed and with purpose.