Feeling overwhelmed? Time to stress less!

5 Steps To Less Overwhelm

Alarm clock goes off. Jump in the shower quick and get dressed. Make the kids breakfast and send them off to school. Head to work to deal with employees, bosses, public and everyone in between. Pick the kids up from school. Make dinner. Walk the dog. Help with homework. Catch up on cleaning, laundry and dishes. Pay the bills. Check in with mom and dad. Put the kids to bed. Get in a quick workout. Relax for 5 minutes and head for bed. And that’s just the highlights for Tuesday.

Feeling overwhelmed trying to fit everything into your day? Feeling stressed with difficult co-workers? Feeling anxious that you’re not getting it all right?

Time to turn that overwhelm into productive, positive feelings of relief. Aiyana Coaching is here to help you learn little ways to deal with stress levels and anxiety before they escalate.

Aiyana Coaching’s step-by-step workbook can help you work through the above steps to feel less overwhelmed in both your personal and professional life.

Step 1: Brain Dump

You’ve heard of dancing it out. Now, write it out!

Similar to journaling, dumping all your thoughts out on paper in a limited time can increase your self-awareness and decrease stress. Studies show that brain dumps can boost focus and help you be more organized. Rather than writing about one subject like you would journaling, get all your random thoughts down in 5-10 minutes. Once it’s all on paper and you can see it, you can be more objective and start organizing.

Step 2: Ask Questions

Take a look at everything that brain dump produced and start prioritizing, organizing and determining what’s really important. Do you really need to do this? Do you really need to do that?

Most people understand that asking questions helps you learn about new subject matter. The same can be said about asking questions of yourself. Learn what you value. Learn what you can do to make your day much less stressful and overwhelming.

Step 3: Select 3

From your list, take your top 3 and focus on accomplishing those tasks. Give yourself a day, a week, however long you need to focus on those top 3. You’ll feel so much better when you accomplish those prioritized goals.

Once you accomplish those 3, move on to the next 3. And don’t be hard on yourself if you don’t finish a certain goal that day or week. There’s a difference between procrastination and not being able to finish a task one day. Just add it to the list for the next day!

Step 4: Check Self-Talk

It’s easy to let self doubt set in when you’re feeling overwhelmed. You see your list and think you’ll never accomplish it. Don’t feel defeated.

Instead, focus on the present and know that you’re only human. Once you get your mindset in the present moment and focus on the task at hand, the feelings of overwhelm tend to subside.

Step 5: Gratitude

What are you grateful for today? Write down three things you’re thankful for and focus on them as much as you focus on your top 3 tasks. Find a balance.

According to Harvard Health, giving thanks makes you happier. Happiness means less stress and overwhelm. “Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity and build strong relationships,” the study says. Who doesn’t want to feel those benefits?