Lately I’ve been feeling overwhelmed, and having to spend more time taking care of myself, so I thought I’d share the steps I’ve been taking to feel better. I did this through simplifying my priorities, which includes self-care, and managing, physical and informational clutter.
Sleep- One of the first things I always do when I’m not feeling well is try to get more sleep. I find that sleep is the number one foundation I need in order to work and live well. I cancel all plans, don’t workout or cook, and simply focus on going to bed early. Liquid melatonin drops also help me sleep better- I like the brand from my Co-Op. I find that focusing on just this one thing really helps me handle anxiety from overwhelm.
Lazy anxiety hack- At some points, when I know I have a thousand things to do, I might get paralyzed and not do anything. When this happens, I come out the other side having relaxed all weekend, tackling nothing on my list, and the world doesn’t come crashing down. This shows me nothing is life-threatening, and is oddly empowering; I know that I could tackle my list another point without coming from a place of fear.
Physical clutter- We all love the peaceful feeling of a hotel room because it doesn’t have any stuff, and I aspire to live in a cleaner environment, but sometimes my things pile up. Cleaning my bedroom, my ccar, removing things from my closet I never wear, and cooking things that have been sitting in my pantry, all make me feel a lot better.
Self-care and GYSTing- I’m new to this term Get Your Shit Together, and think there’s a book on it that I haven’t read. Having my home stocked with food, replacing worn out clothes or home items, and writing lists are all what I consider getting my stuff together. Self-care here is a little more obvious, like taking more bubble baths is something that makes me feel a lot better. I also try to be more mindful, appreciative, and enjoy little things like sunsets and sunrises, puppy snuggles, beach walks, a hot mug of tea, candlelight (especially in the morning)…
Life Binder Info Organization- As much as I love being single, it is really hard managing a life and a household on your own. One of the ways I’ve been doing this is by creating a Life Binder, which I’ll obviously have to talk about in its own video when it’s ready. I have things in here like a grocery master list, so I don’t leave the grocery store and think to myself, “how did I just forget bananas?” It’s basically all the lists I need to keep my life in order, as if I was the executive assistant of my own life, and my life is the account I’m managing.
What do you like to do when you’re overwhelmed?