Life has been nothing this year if not overwhelming and wonderful at the same time. We bought our first home and have been settling in the for the last few months. We’ve done as much traveling this year as ever, with more than enough occasions to visit family. Literally, this summer has been nonstop, and Dave and I have both been feeling overwhelmed to the extreme. And finally, there’s the blog. It’s been an incredible year for this blog, but an overwhelming one as well. It’s become more work than ever, and it doesn’t seem to ever end. Because of that, I’ve been feeling overwhelmed regularly and have been forced to find ways to deal with that and get past it.
Take a Step Back
This is the absolute first thing I do when I’m feeling overwhelmed. It’s only a temporary fix, but it’s one that does the trick. Dave and I have been either traveling or having company nonstop the past few months, so we finally made the decision together that we needed a break, and vowed we would take some time off just for ourselves, and start saying no to weekend plans if necessary.
I do this with the blog as well. Just this week I was feeling overwhelmed at the idea of writing three blog posts, so I opted to skip my Wednesday post and just publish Monday and Friday. And that’s totally fine! I was a huge help to me, and I doubt anyone else was broken up about not finding a new post on my blog on Wednesday.
Ask for Help
I’ve found having a strong support system I can go to for support absolutely essential. Dave is the core of my support system, and always the first person I turn to. I also have friends and family who I know are always there to offer their help or support when I need it. Mostly, it’s just emotional support I look for. Someone to vent to, a shoulder to cry on, or someone to help build me up.
Evaluate Your Priorities
When it comes to solutions for feeling overwhelmed, this is more of a long-term solution. For me, feeling overwhelmed usually means it’s time to reevaluate my priorities. We all have the same 24 hours in a day. We all have the same sized time jar to fill. I’ve developed some strategies over the years to stay productive, avoid burnout, and ensure the most essential parts of my life are getting the most attention. For me, the top priorities are Dave and myself (meaning our happiness, our physical, mental and emotional health, and our time together). So if something is overwhelming me and taking away from my health or my time with Dave, it’s time to re-evaluate. There have certainly been a few times where I was in over my head with blogging and it was taking a toll on my emotional health, so I need to fix that!
Self-care is already important, but it’s even more essential when you’re feeling overwhelmed or going through a season of stress and hustle. I know I’m not alone when I say I often forget about self-care. It’s about more than just physical health, it’s your mental and emotional health as well.
You can check out this blog post about how and why to practice self-care!
What do you do when you’re feeling overwhelmed?
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