3 Strategies You Can Use When You Are Feeling Overwhelmed

Last Update: May 08, 2018

Running an online business is filled with tasks, decisions, and planning, that can become easily overwhelming. Add family obligations, kids, and other “distractions” to the mix, and this feeling can easy become out of hand, and making it impossible to take any constructive action at all

I surely have my moments when it all gets too much, but over the last few years I learned a few strategies, that helped me deal with being overwhelmed and to keep my anxiety under control.

  1. Take a five minute break. Getting yourself out of the situation if possible can free up your mind space, and gives you a chance to reset yourself. During those 5 minutes, I highly suggest that you do not think about work, but rather take the time to practice a walking meditation, take a shower, play with the dog, or do something else that does not have anything to do with your previous activity

  2. Braindump. If you do not do regular braindumps, apply the GTD system - which I highly recommend, practice the art of braindumping whenever you feel overwhelmed. Writing all of your fears, anxieties, and all of the next steps you need to do, down on paper, can free your head, and make space for clarity of thinking. You can choose to priorities your You are the sum of your choices. Do whatever feels right for you. You don't owe anyone any explanations for the way you choose to live your precious years.list of tasks or other items you listed AFTER completing a total braindump

  3. Change of scenery. Getting out of the space that you usually work in, and maybe now associate with all of the overwhelming tasks that have to be completed, can be a great productivity and clarity tool. It does not mean that you have to necessarily leave the house, just take your laptop or pen and paper in a different section of your home than you usually work in. If you are stuck in the office, sit on a different chair - heck I have found the act of sitting on the floor and surrounding myself with my work, instead of my desk a productive tactic.

Question: How do you deal with feeling overwhelmed, maybe it be by the training here on WA, or because of an aspect of your business life?

Blessings

Claudia

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skendrick4 Premium
Thank you. These are really good ideas.

Sheila
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ClaudiaHB Premium
you're welcome, Sheila, thanks for reading!
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HazelH Premium
Thank you Claudia
Great timing for me as I have been feeling a bit overwhelmed recently (mind you birthday celebrations for my sister's 60th birthday might have contributed!).

Best Wishes
Hazel
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ClaudiaHB Premium
oh wow, then I am happy I wrote it when I did. Blessings!
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sdawson Premium
When I get overwhelmed with WA tasks, I take a break, sit in my massage recliner and read a while, do a little housework and maybe call my sister and talk for a few minutes.
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ClaudiaHB Premium
I am glad that you have a sister who can support you in those times, even if it would be indirectly. Housework can surely be meditating, especially if you focus on the activity, rather than on random thoughts that come your way.
That recliner sounds heavenly! I am going to have to think about getting one, but then I have to fight everyone else in the family to get a turn, lol.

Blessings!
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Larmu189 Premium
Great post. Thanks for share
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ClaudiaHB Premium
my pleasure - blessings!
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MKearns Premium
Sometimes you can bring WA members in as thought mentors in classifying thinking strategies. Just think about what they concentrate on!
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ClaudiaHB Premium
very true - thank you!
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WaynePro Premium
These are some great strategies, Claudia. From time-to-time I, like many of us, find my self there. Thanks

Wayne
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ClaudiaHB Premium
indeed, Wayne - blessings and thanks for reading!
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marmar463 Premium
Great post I enjoyed reading it. You have some great ideas I need to try them sometime. I wrote a blog about being overwhelmed if you get a chance take a look at it because I think I might have come up with another niche.
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ClaudiaHB Premium
I would love to read it - send me a link, would you please? Blessings!
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marmar463 Premium
Here is the link to the blog. I hope this helps you out.
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ClaudiaHB Premium
thanks - blessings!
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marmar463 Premium
You are very welcome and Blessings to you too.
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hugh9905 Premium
Thanks for the tips, Claudia.

I found meditation helps as well. It can be simple as breathing meditation and count-down meditation, and it can be done in a few minutes to reset the stressed mind.

Hugh
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ClaudiaHB Premium
yes it does, indeed! I have a fitbit charge that has a breathing meditation function, that I use to control my anxiety at times.

Blessings!
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MarkBa Premium
Those are all very good ways to deal with overwhelm. It's an interesting subject, as some people seem to get overwhelmed far more easily than others, so I guess it has to do with whether you are able to control it or not. If you expect too much of yourself, as I often do, then you'll experience overwhelm more easily. I use all three of your suggestions.

Thanks
~Mark :)
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ClaudiaHB Premium
I think it is harder for someone who deals with anxiety, or PTSD, and other challenges like that - speaking from experience here - but there are surely some coping mechanisms we all can use sometimes.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mark - much appreciated!
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