The world seems to be becoming more and more complex and thus increasingly demanding of us, leaving us feeling constantly overwhelmed. With work-life balance struggles, potential financial or relationship struggles, and living during a pandemic; it is easy to develop overwhelming stress and anxiety. The typical response to overwhelm, may be working longer hours to catch up with an increasing workload. Or ignoring the feeling altogether and attempting to push through.
What is ‘Overwhelm’?
There are physical and mental responses our body gives when we are feeling overwhelmed. This can include forgetfulness, confusion, mental slowness, lack of concentration, and mind-racing. As well as things like cognitive fatigue, leading to feeling more distracted and unable to think clearly.
How To Deal With Feeling Overwhelmed
Narrow down the source
Make a mental or physical list of your tasks and responsibilities, and identify which items would remove the majority of your stress if taken away. Once you are aware of what exactly is overwhelming you, you can take steps to manage it better.
If you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed because of a task or project, outline the steps you need to take in order to finish it. Then create time blocks to block out a time to work on completing the task. Additionally, set simple boundaries, like forcing yourself to leave work by a certain time, or taking the initiative to say no to projects you cannot take on at the moment.
If there is a specially daunting task that requires a lot of work, try to see if there are aspects you can outsource to other colleagues. Getting help on a major project will help you feel more at ease about it’s completion and alleviate the feelings of stress and anxiety.
Monitor and Track Your Stress
If you have constant feelings of stress or overwhelm, it is beneficial to keep track of your stress levels and symptoms of stress and anxiety. This can include tracking your vital signs such as heart rate, heart rate variability, oxygen saturation, and blood pressure. These key vital signs are closely related to stress, and seeing physical manifestations of your stress can help you identify when you need to take a step back and evaluate the way you manage it.
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Credits: Harvard Business Review
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