One of the signs of overwhelm is anxiety - that's the wave of panic that hits
when you feel that you have too much to do and don't know where to start
or even if it's possible to get it all done!
It can happen when something gets added to your workload
or you realize you've made a mistake that you have to fix
that will cost you a lot of time.
It may seem impossible to take time for anything that's not work-related,
but that's exactly what you need to do to take away anxiety's power.
3 Ways to Stop the Anxiety of Overwhelm:
Set aside time for yourself.
You are your greatest resource! You can't constantly be depleting your energy and expect to work at your best.
Make time alone a priority. Mindfulness actually creates the illusion of more time, which will ease your anxiety.
Anxiety is based on future outcomes. Keep yourself present by practicing deep breathing and taking breaks.
Focus on what is in front of you at this moment. One thing at a time.
Set intentions for the day that are not work-related.
If all your brain sees is an endless amount of work, you can bet you're going to feel anxious.
Remember to make life worth living. Doing things that bring you joy will give you a better perspective
on your workload and allow your brain a break so that you can be more efficient when it's time to work.
Anxiety is a gift. (Wait, what?!!!) That's right! It's letting you know that something is wrong. That way you are working and thinking about work is not serving you. Anxiety is trying to compel you to change. Not paying attention to it may lead to things worse than overwhelm.
Dr. Nancy Williams is a music educator and leadership & life coach. Sign up for weekly messages of inspiration and leadership sent to your inbox, and receive the FREE guide "5 Steps to Overcoming Overwhelm."