Life comes with a series of challenges, but sometimes it can seem like too many challenges arrived at the same time. When that happens, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, and believe it is more than you can handle. This feeling is often heightened around the holidays.
What do you do when you feel overwhelmed with all the challenges?
Well, it comes down to this: ignore things you can’t influence, and focus energy on those you can. That is easier said than done!
You will need to focus, develop a plan, be persistent and get help if needed. Here are some strategies to help guide you:
Formulate a plan. When you feel overwhelmed, it’s easy to constantly focus on the challenges you face. It's a natural response that only makes you feel worse! Rather than focusing on your issues, focus on solutions.
Imagine a friend in the same situation, what advice would you give?
Formulate a plan to move ahead. What solutions can you find? How will you implement them?
A simple change of focus can alter your perspective and mood.
If you are feeling stuck, ask yourself, “What is one thing I can do, or one step I can take to move forward? You don’t have to have a full plan in place before being able to make progress.
Talk to someone. Speak to a coworker, friend, family member, or mental health professional. Pick up the phone and include someone else in your current situation.
Focus on what you can change – put your energy into that, and admit that you can’t control everything!