Help! I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed!
It’s a natural feeling to feel a bit overwhelemd and I tend to get overhwelmed at times because I just have so mnay open tabs in my mind but here are a few tips that I’ve started to implement in my life and want to share with you too…
feeling overwhelmed is a natural feeling when there is a lot on your plate - the key is to stop, look up and then plan
- Dump it all down
Getting everything in your mind down on paper is a great way to just get it all out, you don’t need to organise it yet just get it down on paper.
- Organise it
Once you have everything written down, the key is to organise it. What is the priority here? What is the focus? List them accordingly.
Once listed, then you can actively start to make them into SMART goals. SMART being Specific, Measurable, Achieveable, Realistic, Timebound goals.
You can watch my YouTube video on Tackling Overwhelm to learn more about this.
- Take away distractions
This is where discipline comes into it and you do have the ability to be able to do it. Don’t forget that you will not be faced with anything that you cannot overcome and God has provided you with the way and the tools you need. Examples of eliminating distractions can include putting timers on apps on your phone so that you are not looking at apps when you should be focussed, meal prepping if you struggle to eat well during the week, making sure you finish work at a certain time.
- One thing at a time
This is something that I really need to work on. Getting things done one at a time. I mean there is definitely a place for multi-tasking but it doesn’t have to translate into every area of your life. There are some things that just need to be completed before jumping onto the next.
- Being mindful of natural cycles/ energy levels
There are some times especially for women where you would be more efficient than other times and it’s good to key into those times. Aside from this, generally when you are feeling able to, make the most of what you need to do. Of course don’t be excessive but defintily make the most of the time.
- Rest and Eating well
Rest is integral to general optimal productivity. Getting enough sleep is beneficial to your overall output so make sure you get that rest in. I spoke about this in my 8 lessons learnt video on YouTube too. It’s also important to eat well too. Prophet Elijah was feeling quite overwhelmed at one point, to the stage where he wanted God to take his life. All he needed was a good rest and some food and he was good to go. You can read about this story in 1 Kings 19.
- If you need help, ask for help
Don’t be ashamed about asking for help. If you need help, ask for help. It could even be asking someone to help you to prioritse what you need to do. Sometimes saying things out lud ot somoene else, can actually help you figure out what you need to do. Moses needed help.
Verses to hold onto when feeling overwhelmed:
- I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me - Philippians 4:13
- I will lift up my eyes to the hills as my help comes from the Lord - Psalm 121:1-2
- The Lord is my light and my salvation, who shall I fear - Psalm 27: 1
- God is my shepherd who leads me beside still waters and restores my soul - Psalm 23
- I do not have a spirit of fear but one of power and a calm and well balanced mind - 2 Timothy 1:7
A Prayer to say when feeling overwhelmed
Lord, it is well with me and all that concerns me. Lead me and guide me in the way that I should go and order my steps today. Help me to prioritise my workload and all that I have to do. I commit all that I have to do in your hands. Send me helpers that will help me and give me courage to ask for help where and when I need it. Thank you that I can always call on you and count on you in all areas of my life. In Jesus name I have prayed, Amen.