3. Make a plan.
I believe that to get through anything you need to have a plan. Without a plan, you are going to approach things haphazardly and any success will be pure luck.
So, for me, I had to look at the things that were depressing me and figure out how to attack them.
As to my move – I made a list of what needed to be done. I made a plan to travel to see my kids regularly. I vowed to cut down the number of presentations that I was doing. I would try feeding my dog earlier in the evening so that she could do her business before I went to bed. And I wouldn’t take my boyfriend’s problems on myself – they were his problems, not mine.
And, to manage my depression around the outside world, I promised myself that I would not look at the news more than twice a day and to acknowledge that our country has gotten through worse and that it would survive, even if it took a while.
Making a plan for dealing with my depression helped calm me down pretty quick. Knowing that I had a plan gave me the freedom to take some deep breaths and get ready to deal with it.
4. Take care of yourself.
One thing that I realized when I was taking inventory of what was making me depressed was that I had stopped taking care of myself. I was so depressed that I wasn’t walking every day like I usually did. I was traveling a lot so I wasn’t eating well. My sleep was off and I was drinking more than usual.
A big part of being strong enough to deal with overwhelm is taking care of yourself. Keeping your body and mind healthy gives you the tools that you need for overcoming overwhelm for a life of success.
So, take care of yourself. What are the best things that you can do for yourself right now?
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5. Ask for help.
We women believe that we can do it all by ourselves. That no one else can do it as well as we can and that if we ask for help we are admitting that we just can’t do it ourselves.
Well, let me tell you that I know, from personal experience, that that just isn’t true. We all need help and if we can ask for it then we can do anything.
For me, I knew that I really needed to get my arm taken care of because having an injured wing made everything much worse. So, I started seeing a rolfer, an acupuncturist and a chiropractor. These practitioners are not only helping me with my arm but they are helping me deal with all of the emotions that are causing the overwhelm.
I have also asked my boyfriend to help me manage things around the house and have hired a contractor to do what he can’t. I am parceling out my presentations to people I have trained to do them, people who really can do as good a job as me. And I recently got some CBD oil to help me sleep.
I also started seeing my therapist again. She is a good person to talk to about how to manage my depression in the midst of my personal, and extended issues. It’s always helpful to have a listening ear when one is struggling.
So, ask for help if you need it. Don’t go it alone. There are people out there who can and want to help you so go for it.