Today we are all leading very busy lives with what seems like never-ending to do lists and stress levels at an all time high.
Therefore it’s no surprise that for many of us, anxiety, depression and other mental health issues are a growing concern. With so much going on we are lacking clarity and focus, and this causes us to feel overwhelmed or stuck.
In order to help you feel less overwhelmed, we have some simple tips which may help to put your mind at ease.
Remind yourself that it’s OK to say no
Saying ‘yes’ to everything is guaranteed to make you feel overwhelmed, so it’s important to prioritise what really matters to you and find the confidence to say ‘no’. This will help to protect you from spreading yourself too thinly, and as a result you will have more energy for the things that are more important and will make you happy.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
If you are feeling overwhelmed, whether it’s in your professional or personal life, find ways to lighten your load. You may want to hire a cleaner to help out with housework or a part-time assistant at work to help you manage tasks. Talking to friends and family can be beneficial, as the simple act of opening up to others can be a huge release and you will find comfort and support in their words. Alternatively, visiting your GP is important for addressing symptoms of anxiety and depression which may be making things particularly difficult for you.
Regular exercise is associated with improved mood and better health and well-being, so make sure you spend a couple of hours every week getting your heart pumping. Swimming, yoga and pilates are relaxing, while running and cycling provide more intense workouts.
Aim for organisation
Leaving tasks till the last minute is very likely to make you feel stressed so you will benefit if you take time to be organised and plan ahead. This will not only take away a lot of pressure but will also ensure you get tasks done to the best of your ability – making you feel happier all round.
Accept that you cannot do everything
There is not enough time in the day to do everything and it is essential that you are OK with this. Focus on what is most important to you and dedicate time to enjoying these, such as relaxing, exercising or spending time with your family and friends. If it is work that is overwhelming you, aim to break down large unrealistic goals into smaller, more manageable ones to improve productivity and reduce stress.