Life has been nothing this year if not overwhelming. I moved for the second time in a year from my house into a studio apartment. It’s been an incredibly hectic year at work (in a good way). 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. For years I’ve done a lot of traveling on the weekends visiting family and friends since my family isn’t local. Every once in awhile I really need a break and vow to start saying no to weekend plans more often.
I do this on the blog as well. If I’m feeling overwhelmed at the idea of writing all my blog posts, I opt to skip a post. And that’s totally fine! It’s a huge help to me, and I doubt anyone else is broken up about not finding a new post on my blog that day.
Ask for Help
I’ve found having a strong support system I can go to for support absolutely essential. My friends and family make up an amazing support system and 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. 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. So if something is overwhelming me and taking away time and energy from my top priorities, 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 needed 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!