4. Make a Coffee Date
Sometimes the best solution to feeling overwhelmed is to spend time with others. So, when you are feeling overwhelmed, one of the best action steps to take is to call a friend and set up a coffee or lunch date. Yes, I know you’re busy. And yes, I know it can feel challenging to coordinate schedules with your friends, who are likely just as busy as you.
However, when you feel overwhelmed, is there anything that sounds better than having a good laugh? And sharing tales of the day with someone you trust?
So, text your BFF and schedule that time stat!
5. Plan Something Fun to Look Forward To
One of the best books I read last year was by Off the Clock by Laura Vanderkam. In her research, she found that planning something you are looking forward to doing or experiencing allowed the anticipation – and pleasure – to build. Sometimes, even more than actually having the experience.
So, when you are feeling overwhelmed, another one of the action steps to take is to plan something fun. Maybe you can’t take a vacation right away, but you can plan your next vacation. Or purchase a ticket online to that movie you really want to see next week. Or even plan a nice dinner after work tonight.
This also allows you to focus on something else, not just what’s causing you to feel overwhelmed right this moment.
6. Crack Your Own Code by Brainstorming a List
It’s hard to deal with feeling stressed or overwhelmed often because sometimes the feeling just happens upon us. One of the best action steps to take is to prepare yourself before it happens. So, rather than waiting when overwhelm arrives, take some time to brainstorm a list of what helps when you’re feeling calm and relaxed. I can this cracking your own code. Because, the thing is, my darling, you know yourself best.
Then, the next time you feel overwhelmed or totally stressed out, you’ll have go-to actions to take.
When you take action, it helps you move out of your head (and swirling thoughts) and into your body.
Darling, you can find the path to loving your life. And, know that the moments of feeling stressed out and overwhelmed don’t mean that you’re screwing up. It simply is the reminder that you are a human being have a very human experience. By knowing some action steps you can take, then, my dear, that allows you to have more better days than bad days.
Do you need some help figuring out the best action steps to take to help YOU when you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed out? One-on-one coaching can help you create your plan.
Coaching gives you someone to talk through potential pitfalls and solutions to even the stickiest life challenges.Sometimes, you need help figuring out how to apply the best tips in YOUR life. If you’re seeking practical advice from someone that’s been there, one-on-one coaching can be a life saver.
Do you desperately need support around your crazy-busy life? I am taking a select number of new clients. You can find details about packages and pricing here.
Drop me an email at: debra AT debrasmouse.com and we’ll schedule a call to see if we’re a good fit.
Written by Debra Smouse
Originally appeared in Debra Soumse
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