8 SIMPLE STRATEGIES TO MOVE BEYOND OVERWHELM – Part Two

In the first part of this article, you learned four strategies to help you cope with and move past feeling overwhelmed. 1. Breathe, 2. Ask for Help, 3. Take care of Basic Needs, 4. Ask yourself: What is the next step? 

5. START SMALL Often that next step from number 4 will be a baby step. A huge project will seem overwhelming if we look at the entire thing at once. Breaking it down into smaller, do-able tasks is much more empowering. I like the phrase, “some is better than none”! If I can just work for 5 minutes on a task, it builds confidence, momentum and adds up! 15 minutes of exercise is better than none, one pile of paperwork taken care of is better than none…you get idea! No more “all or nothing” thinking that often leads to perfectionistic paralysis! How could you break a project down into smaller tasks?  Continue reading

8 SIMPLE STRATEGIES TO MOVE BEYOND OVERWHELM – Part One

What do you do when you’re feeling overwhelmed? I hear this word so often from the busy women I see as clients and all my friends who are moms! “Overwhelm” can be a result of having too much on your to-do list, a recent change or loss, a new venture or project, or unrealistic expectations.

When I’m overwhelmed, I admit to a tendency to avoid, procrastinate, snack, avoid again, get a lot of non-important things done so I’m “doing”, but not really accomplishing…you get the picture! Often overwhelm leads to a vicious cycle of avoidance or spinning your wheels without getting traction on your goals. The last time I felt overwhelmed, I focused on positive solutions and wanted to share what works with you. Continue reading