Feeling overwhelmed by the little transitions in life is one thing, these types of bumps in the road tend to pass quickly. Sometimes, though, all of the moving parts drag out and become feelings of overwhelm.
Seeking the Truth
If you find yourself in a period of challenge filled with life changes, ask yourself, “What is the truth?”
Is the truth that you have too much to do, and can you cut some of your responsibilities out? Can someone else help during your time of transition?
Is the truth that you are experiencing normal ‘small things’ or transitions in life, and that each piece will pass? Or, are you dealing with one or two larger issues that you must address in order to move forward? Is there nothing that you can do to make these one or two larger issues go away? If there is nothing that you can do, then your truth is that you need to let it go – release it mentally.
Is the truth that you are doing too much for others, and possibly ignoring what you need (or must) do for yourself? Is the truth that you need to learn to say no to others in order to take care of your own self? It is okay to take care of yourself. It is okay to say no to others in order to engage in self-care. It is more than okay…and in fact, it is necessary!
5 Steps to Help Sort Out Overwhelm
When the many cause(s) to your overwhelm seem larger than life and affect your daily successes try these 5 steps:
- List the issues or items that you are leading your stress.
- Assign a life transition title, such as, financial, relationship, home, work, business, to each item.
- Determine the outcome you want for each item.
- List one step that you can take today towards reaching that outcome.
- Make the choice to take that action!
When we are caught up in frustration and stress, we fail to realize that many of life’s changes are natural and common shifts. By breaking them down, and assigning a title, we see each transition with objective eyes.
By taking one small action step today, you can claim progress!
Reach Out to a Listening Ear
Sometimes, it takes an extra pair of eyes or ears to help us sort through overwhelming transition periods in our lives. When you seek a support person, you should reach out to someone who will be honest with you, and someone who cares. This can be a life coach, a counselor, or a close friend or family member (depending upon your emotional and mental needs). Remember this one thing, it is okay to seek help!
Summing this up: Life will always be in some form of transition. Learn to handle each change objectively from the start. Develop a mindset that recognizes the feelings of stress and nip them in the bud with “What is the truth?” questions. Avoid the self-limiting thought pattern, “I will be happy/stress free once (this) happens/changes.” Instead, determine what you can do (small steps) as soon as you notice lingering stress, and determine what you cannot do (and let it go). It is a process!