Feeling overwhelmed? I FEEL YOU, girl. I’ve been feeling allll the anxiety lately. I’ve been navigating a lot of life changes over the past few months, and every time I feel like I’m finding my groove, it seems like another curveball comes my way. Have you ever been there? You know, when it feels like if one more thing happens, you are going to lose your shit?
I think we all have been there and it is not a fun feeling.
That’s why I wanted to share five really juicy and tactical tips that you can start implementing right now!
No worries, even if you’re not feeling insanely overwhelmed, you can still use these! You don’t have to wait until you’re feeling like you’re going to explode to use these tips. I HIGHLY encourage you to start using them before you get to that point.
Tips for When You Are Feeling Overwhelmed
Tip #1 Fill up your cup, even when you think you don’t have time.
Especially when you don’t think that you have time to do it.
It is so important to make sure that you are taking time for yourself and that you are doing something amidst all the craziness that makes you feel good. Do something that is going to give you something to look forward to each day. Something that will make you say, “No matter how freaking crazy this day gets, I know that tonight I’m going to _____, and I can’t wait!”
Remember, your version of what fills up your cup does not have to be the same as what fills up my cup or what fills up Sally Sue’s cup on Instagram. You get to do what feels good to you. That could look like moving your body, taking a bubble bath, reading a book, sipping on a warm cup of herbal tea, or knitting a scarf. Whatever it is, just do something for yourself!
It’s so easy when we are crazy busy to say, “I don’t have time for that. But really, it’s so important to make sure you’re prioritizing yourself. You are worth it. 💓
If you just keep grinding and grinding and grinding, without ever taking a break, you’re going to burn out, and that’s when you’re going to feel like losing your shit on something as small as spilled Cheerios.
When we start to lose our minds over the small stuff, that’s a big ol’ red flag that it’s time to take a step back and do something to fill up our cups.
Tip #2: Create a to-do list!
I am type A QUEEN! I love to-do lists, planners, calendars, and the like. I swear, they are so helpful in managing my stress.
The key here is to find the method that works for you and your season of life! I’m a paper planner/calendar girl at heart. However, in this toddler mom season that I’m currently in, digital calendars and lists are my jam because I just do not have the time to stop and write things down like I used to.
Once you have a method you want to try out, brain-dump everything that you need to do onto that list. If you’re using a calendar, it may be best to start with a blank sheet of paper! Once you have your thoughts out of your head and onto paper, then you can start working on organization and planner layout.
Getting your to-do list out and onto paper (or typed up) helps to ease the mind so that you don’t have to use valuable brain space to keep track of everything.
When we keep ideas and tasks in our minds, we just keep running through them in our heads over and over and over to avoid forgetting them, but if you just get it out on paper, it opens up room in your brain for other things.
Tip #3: Brain Dump in a Journal Before Bed
You don’t have to do this before bed. You can do it any time, but if you are having trouble sleeping because you just have all of these thoughts running through your mind, doing it before bed might be really helpful to release them so that you can exhale all of the stress and thoughts and sleep a little bit easier.
Tip #4: Talk to a Friend
If you have a close friend or a family member who you can talk to about whatever is bothering you, that can be a great way to get some overwhelm out of your brain!
It’s hard to reach out, especially when we’re feeling down, but it’s so important. I know it’s scary to be vulnerable, but you will be SO GLAD you did! If you need someone to talk to, please send me a dam on IG (@em.brook.didtullio). I am here for you, I promise. 💞
Tip #5: Take Small Messy Action
A lot of times when we’re feeling overwhelmed we feel like we have to do everything on our own. In reality, breaking the task up into little pockets will ultimately be more effective and more manageable.
Release the perfectionism and acknowledge that some is better than none, and that is good enough.
I am so proud of you for whatever it is that you are managing to get done. You are a rockstar ✨,
It is so hard to get everything done that we feel like we need to do. Like, seriously, almost impossible. I have so many days when I compare myself to other moms on social media and wonder how they do it all.
Like how do other moms do it all?
Like how do they work?
How do they take care of their kids and be present and keep their house clean and make sure everyone’s eating nutritious meals and take care of themselves and fill up their cups and make time for a social life and make time for their hobbies and make time for side businesses?
Some days it just feels like so much stuff that we are like, quote-unquote, expected to do that we want to do if you’re like me, like, I want to do all those things.
If you have days like that, please know you are not alone! All we can do is take small, intentional actions, even if it’s not perfect. All we can do is our best, and your best is more than enough.
That is the biggest thing I want you to take away from this post. Your best is enough.
Even if it’s not perfect, even if it’s messy. It is good enough, and you are good enough, no matter what.
I hope you found these tips helpful! If you did, it would be so dang much if you shared them with a friend or shared this post on social media and tagged me, so I can personally thank you for helping me to grow this awesome community! 💕