I’m just going to be real with you guys for a minute. Lately I have been feeling a little overwhelmed. Once this feeling starts to settle in I can’t focus. I have a million things going on in my mind, I try and start a task, but then them remind myself of something else I REALLY wanted to get done. So I move to that, not finishing what I was doing, and keep doing this all day long. So I end up with about 15 things started and not completing any of them. The question is, how do you stay optimistic during stressful times and everyday life?
With so many things happening right now, I’ll be sharing more details on Friday’s post, it’s been tough. That feeling of knowing there’s so much to do that you don’t even know where to start. Yep that’s about where I’m at right now. Do you ever feel this way? Do you ever feel like you’re getting no where because you just can’t focus on finishing a single task? Once this starts happening then things can spiral in one of two ways.
You may start to crumble and feel less optimistic. A good mood can turn into a bad one, or feelings of anxiety. Negative thoughts can start creeping in and taking over. Or, if you’re like me, I just put it all off until I just can’t anymore. Then there’s days full of stress, and pushing yourself to the max. I try not to get to this point, but every now and again it’s inevitable. We’re not perfectly designed to handle everything all the time. I know I’m not, I’m not perfect and that’s OK. So take a moment and tell yourself that. It’s OK not to be perfect all the time. Now say that same statement out loud…come on, really do it!!
It feels good to say out loud. Do you feel like you’re load just got a little bit lighter? I mean the to-do list is still there, but the pressure is less. Right? This is the second route you can take when you start feeling overwhelmed and anxious. You breathe through it, tell yourself you’re going to get through it and you do. It’s about prospective. Admitting to yourself you’re not perfect instantly changes your mindset. You all of a sudden you feel more relaxed and ready to tackle that to-do list.
Somehow the trying times seem way more than they are when you look back. It’s about prospective. Being able to change your mindset is the best way to stay optimistic during these times, and really during everyday life. Here’s what I do: I take a deep breathe and think about all the wins from the day. Like, my kids made it to school on time, I cooked dinner and everyone like it or that smile your kid gave you right as you tucked them in to bed. Big or small think about all the things that went right so you’re not dwelling and the other stuff. The stuff that brings you down.
Breathe away the stress of the day and begin again tomorrow.
What do you do during these times? I’d love to hear about how you deal and get through these times in the comments below!
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I just make myself stick to one thing until it’s done- then move on to the next. I set little goals for myself each day. When I finish something it makes me feel good because it’s done! Even if it’s one thing- I accomplished something for that day so that way I feel less anxiety! Hope that helps! By the end of the week you will have accomplished at least 6-7 things!
Janet Harrison says
Life can definitely get overwhelming, especially for you with two little ones! I totally agree, focus on the little wins. Most things can wait and are not going anywhere. I find ticking things of a list so satisfying! xx
kallie flexman says
Yes the little wins, so important to remind yourself of these! Thank you so much for stopping by!
This is such a good read dear. Indeed, everyday life (especially with kids) can be really overwhelming. One good way to stay positive and optimistic is to simply remember why you’re doing all these things. Seeing your family happy and well will help you push through anything.
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