A very happy Thursday everyone!
I looked back to the last date I posted, and yes it’s been a hot minute. I actually realized that my last post came out before I even started my new job on June 11th. So as you can see, my posting routine has fallen off the wagon.
I spoke about this in one of my latest Instagram posts, but with my *almost* two months of work down, I can take a step back and digest life. I really wanted to write a post about feeling overwhelmed, as it’s been a persistent emotion I’ve felt within the past month or two. Eh, talk with my mother and she may say it’s an every month thing for me, BUT the most important thing is the feeling of being overwhelmed does not discriminate – the emotion is valid, scary and sometimes makes you think you have more issues then you do at hand.
That being said, I feel like I’ve been working through it and continue to surprise myself with the insights and findings I can manifest either from myself or from my surroundings. So, I wanted to turn those experiences into digestible advice, should you ever feel this way too.
Tip 1: Focus on the current day only.
This one has severely helped me when I want to panic about my presentation in a couple days, or an upcoming event that may have my anxiety at max. The way I see it, each day has enough trouble of its own, so why bring tomorrow’s into it? A current example is that I have a huge project and activation coming up for work. Something new to me that I’ve never done before, and I’ll be driving it. While I have the voice in my head that screams, “you need to be thinking of this!” or “this will be a failure,” I remind myself that this is NOT today’s issue.
Tip 2: Take a walk or get out of your current surrounding.
I know for myself when I start to get feelings of stress, anxiety, etc. removing myself from my current surrounding (whether that be the office, home, wherever) can really help me focus on the bigger picture rather then the stressor I’m experiencing at that very moment. Sometimes with work, for example, I will take a walk and enjoy the chaos of New York City around me. Even as chaotic as it is, it helps me realize there is more to life and the world that are the current stressors in my life.
Tip 3: Prioritize, prioritize, prioritize!
This one I am most certainly still perfecting, and I continue to struggle with prioritizing everyday. While you may think you know your priorities, with new experiences and changes, those can shift dramatically. I think this is why I avoid change as much as possible, because I don’t want my priorities to be messed with. But what I’ve found is that the more I sit back and readjust my priorities, the easier it gets and the more I learn what is pressing in my life vs. what is not. I’ve been loving using the app Wunderlist, which helps you organize your to do lists based on due dates, preference, etc.
While I think I could write about this forever, I wanted to at least share the top 3 tips that have really helped me when I’m feeling overwhelmed. And of course, when you are feeling this way – remember you are not alone! Whether someone’s life is drastically different then yours, they still are feeling overwhelmed by their current stressors – this feeling does not discriminate, so keep that in mind next time you feel isolated by your problems.