Aug 3, 2020
Overwhelm is easy to experience
when you’re a freelancer—especially if you have a lot of work
coming in. We all get overwhelmed and that’s ok. It’s up to you to
move out of that feeling and into a positive feeling of
Today, I want to talk about some steps I use to get out of feeling overwhelmed and get back on track. It’s not always easy, but these steps will help mitigate those feelings and help you see the light at the end of the tunnel.
“When you're in a place of scarcity, you're unable to see the solutions. You're unable to see the big available expansion that's out there. You're unable to see the opportunities, the resources that are already at your fingertips. That is what feeling overwhelmed is. It's like you're closing off and you're going into a place of scarcity. And when we are able to break from that, when we're able to take a break, move out or shake that energy up, we can move from a place of scarcity into abundance.” ~ @avanimiriyala
Getting away from your desk can quickly change your attitude. Your desk is where the overwhelm lives and if you step away from it, you won’t be confronted by it every minute. Try relaxing somewhere else or getting out of your normal zone of occupancy.
Going outside and experiencing nature can significantly reduce stress and rejuvenate your mind. If you’re in a city, look for pockets of green space and do some nature bathing.
Getting in some movement and working up a sweat is a great way to alleviate some of the stress you’ve been feeling. For me, it’s worked countless times to put me back on track.
Read a book, talk to a friend, listen to a podcast, whatever it takes to stop that overwhelming dialogue in your head. If you feel like the dialogue won’t stop, then you need to push it out.
If you’re unable to work through some of the things that are in your head, journaling is a great way to get some of these thoughts out and on to paper. This can help identify the problem and the root cause.
Get out your project management tool and start creating tasks and timelines to deal with all the stuff on your plate. This gives you the ability to systematically cross it off in real life and in your head.