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Feeling Overwhelmed? Yes, so now what? Take Back Control with this 7-Step Process

We all have moments where life and work can be stressful or we hit those rough patches. You were sailing along on calm seas when suddenly you hit rough waters and you are trying to find a way to navigate through.

Life shifts or balancing of work and life lead us to feel there is more on our plate than we can handle.. Yet still, we know we have to find a way to keep going and get back to those calm waters.

It’s great to recognize we need to navigate out, but it is also important not to it in a way that is sacrificing your needs and actually hurting you.  Coping mechanisms may help you stay above water, but after a while, you may end up sinking.

How do you get back to those calmer waters and avoid a total burnout mindset?

Try this process to respond to an especially challenging situation:

1.     Stop in your tracks. If you feel overwhelmed, it’s likely to get even worse if you keep doing what you are doing. Stop, assess and accept the situation for what it is.

  • Recognize what got you there. Can you identify the reasons behind your downfall? Make a note of them.

2.     Embrace your shortcomings. Do you have shortcomings or limiting beliefs that prevent you from staying on top of things? Be honest with yourself when trying to identify them.

  • Whatever you’ve identified as your shortcomings, accept and embrace them. Make a plan to overcome them. This could be delegating something out or simply eliminating what is not working through changing your processes. Often individuals stay stuck and ruminate rather than making the change to push through these limiting beliefs.

3.     Avoid excuses. Even though you feel overwhelmed, the last thing you want to do is blame it on something or somebody else. Avoid overlooking yourself as the main factor behind your current situation. The blame game will result in further stress.

  • It’s easy in stressful situations to refuse accountability. Review, rewire and face how you got there and what YOU need to do to change it.

4.     Open up to others. Share your feelings with someone you can confide in. Simply sharing can often help to ease some of the stress off your shoulders.

  • Tell the whole story so the person can understand and offer constructive feedback to help you.

5.     Organize an approach. Now that you’ve offloaded, you’ll have a clearer mind to organize an approach. You’ve stopped at this point for a reason. Now’s your chance to change direction and pull yourself out of this rut. Develop a new game plan so it does not reoccur.

6.     Surround yourself with positive people. It’s sometimes difficult to take on challenges on your own. Negative people who agree with you, will not help you move out of the stressful situation but will ruminate with you. Embrace those that offer positive constructive opinions and options to push forward.

  • Use the strengths of people to get you over what is stagnating you. It is ok to ask for help and clearly define roles. Handing over responsibility can be tough. Understand that it doesn’t take away from your own abilities but instead will enable you to free up and tackle other tasks.

7.     Take care of yourself. Recognize the stress triggers and try to get enough sleep, eat right, try and stay active and try meditating even if for five minutes a day.

Being in over your head and stressed isn’t a death sentence. In fact, it’s a perfect opportunity to be creative in your approach. Once you identify an effective approach, you can expect to handle situations more confidently.

Give yourself the chance to be in control. With positive strategies, you’ll be able to take matters into your own hands and turn them around in no time!

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