I have no doubt in my mind that many of you reading might be stuck in a rut. There is just way too much to do in way too little time. It may scare you and make you feel like you have gone way over your head. Some may feel unmotivated because of the workload and choose to push the responsibilities even further into the future, procrastinating when you should be doing something important that may help you at a later stage, which in turn stresses you out more. You might be having problems in your social life; not seeing your friends as often as you’d want, maybe you’re going through a breakup or maybe you just feel stuck.
Trust me, it just feels like I have described everything going through my life right now and that’s the first step: realizing what you are doing and what you could do better. But here are some steps that have kept me from breaking down each and every day:
1. Don’t plan more than you can do
You might think you are Superman and that you are able to do 6,000 things in one day. Be realistic, ask yourself if you have time to complete your to-do list or if you will just end up pushing things on to other days? Make sure that you are not demotivating yourself by having too much on your plate too soon. When you are done with the first few things you can take on more but don’t force yourself.
2. Smile, laugh and have fun
I am not going to lie. At a certain time, you are just way too tired to talk and you are in no way, shape or form in the state of wanting to smile. All you want to do is lay in bed and sleep all day. But this is exactly what gets us into a bad mood. Smile, laugh and have fun because you can make yourself feel better.
Sometimes it is inevitable and you have a ton of work to do. Make sure that you pick the most relevant piece you want to work on and set a limit to how much you are to work on it today, making sure that you are fully focused. Then move to the next thing. Avoid thinking about everything at once because it will only lead to stressing. Sometimes it is beneficial to have a narrow mind.
No matter if it is stretching at home, lifting weights at the gym or taking a walk around the neighborhood, there is something with moving that just make you feel better and helps you destress when it is needed. I have always found myself more confident in myself in a period of regular exercise. Besides that, it is a great time to get your mind off of things that are not worth thinking about and putting your mind on things that are worth your thinking time.
I hope these steps helped some of you out there. If they did please let me know and if you have any tips on distressing and surviving please leave them in the comments.