Taking on too much?

Taking on too much?

I wanted to write this as a sort of reflection for myself but also as a guided reflection for you guys when life feels like it's testing you. I have a few things to share that I feel have really helped to not feel so overwhelmed and to look at our lives in a different perspective. I know that these are pretty self explanatory, but I thought you might decide to reflect while reading. A lot of what I mention are things that I know we don't ignore but we also sometimes forget during a time of stress. When you put the pointers I make into practice, and you make it a daily reminder to yourself, you might feel a different kind of overwhelmed feeling.  If you're someone who likes to take on too much than they can handle and say to themselves 'yeah I'll be fine' thinking everything will be a breeze. . . I can relate. Then when things get a bit overwhelming, it all feels like it's too much. You want to stop what you're doing, drop everything and go on a nice beach holiday. Well wouldn't that be easy.  Sometimes when things get too much and you have a lot of work to do, or you need to juggle 10 things at a time, or you need to be present in more than 2 places or life is getting to you right now. It's important to look at the positive side of it. How, when everything feels like it's a complete mess?
1. Take a step back
If you're someone who likes to take on too much than they can handle and say to themselves 'yeah I'll be fine' thinking everything will be a breeze. . . I can relate. Then when things get a bit overwhelming, it all feels like it's too much. You want to stop what you're doing, drop everything and go on a nice beach holiday. Well wouldn't that be easy.  It's important to look at the positive side of it. How, when everything feels like it's a complete mess? You take a step back. Literally or figuratively. You can go away from your surroundings for a minute or two or you can put in some music for a bit if you're not at work, or you can just sit at your desk for a second and go through these. 
2. List the experiences you've had in your life
Whether that's the holiday you went on when you were 12, or the first date you went on with your boyfriend/girlfriend. Every single thing that you remember that has been a fun experience that made you feel full. List them.
3. List the work/educational opportunities you've had or have right now
So if you're a student like me and you feel like the work load is getting too much still list that you're at university. Here's a list of things that you may have experienced but don't remember.   - Summer School - Extra tutoring for GCSE  - Swimming lessons when you were younger - extra curriculum after school - a part of the school sports teams and went to training sessions and games - School trips  - The ability to learn from the internet - access to a library - The ability to read and write - Have mum/dad teach you things. Ride a bike? Cook?  - Go ahead to University and many more..
4. List the materialistic items you own
By now you might see where I'm going with this. Here's another list of things you might have: - Phone - Be able to buy clothes every month  - A laptop to work on  - A whole access to a kitchen - A toilet - A roof - A bed, blanket and pillows - A bag or multiple ok I'll stop now...
5. Look at your list
I know that this might be cliche to some people, or some might be like yeah okay we get it Elouiza?! But When I honestly did this for the first time and then I did it again and again every time I felt so stressed, I'd worry for like an hour or something and then move along with my day and get shit done.   When you look at all the great things you have in your life, big or small, you will look at your life differently. You'll change the way you work. I've noticed a lot of us might stress about not wanting to be in the job we have or being so overwhelmed with school work, which you're entitled to feel there's nothing wrong. But when you take that step back and just take a second of your time to do this, you'll realise it's a blessing and then you'll do your work just fine. 
Date Created: January 18, 2020

Hey this comment space is empty....be the first to comment!

Post a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related Blogs