12 Suggestions On How To Tackle Overwhelm

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  1. Make a list of tasks you need to do. Write them down so that you can actually stare at them, and then have the great satisfaction of crossing something off of your list.
  2. Drink more water. Your brain and your body cannot function the way it’s supposed to if you’re dehydrated.
  3. Remember, you’re capable of tackling this hurdle.
  4. Remember, you don’t have to say “yes” to everything that is demanding for your attention.
  5. Remember, you’re allowed to push pause on projects that are eating your time and not fueling your spirit.
  6. When you’re feeling overwhelmed, boundaries are a beautiful way to realign your focus, your energy, and the overflowing plate that is your life. It’s ok to limit your screen time. It’s ok to put the “do not disturb” setting on your phone. It’s ok to let the call go to voicemail. It’s ok to say, “no, I can’t help you right now.” You know what you need — so please listen to your body.
  7. Listen to your body. If you’re exhausted, it’s because you need more sleep, not more coffee. It’s because you are acting as if there are forty-eight hours in a given day, not twenty-four. You feel things for a reason — pay attention.
  8. Remember, you are capable of doing hard things.
  9. Remember to give yourself credit for all of the things that you have done before this moment. Right now, you’re feeling overwhelmed. But remember when you felt as if you were unstoppable, as if you could do anything you put your mind to? That person is still inside of you. They didn’t go away just because you’re having a bit of a day.
  10. Remember what sparks your soul on fire — and remember it’s ok to carry your heart gently through your days.
  11. When the overwhelm feels as if it’s too much to handle on your own, when the drinking water, and eating well and sleeping eight hours a day doesn’t seem like it’s lifting the crushing weight that’s pressing upon your spirit — please ask for help. There is no shame in that, nor is that a mark of defeat. No, asking for help is the mark of an adult. It’s wise and smart, and there is nothing wrong with holding the hands that want to help you.

I write essays and poetry about life lessons, love, relationships, and self-awareness. More info: meganminutillo.com + @meganminutillo.

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