I have found that in this season of life, most of my overwhelm comes from one of these three things :
1. Volume of work or tasks:
- When I have said “yes” to too many things, or I have wasted time procrastinating on my work or tasks when I actually did have the necessary time needed.
2. No home time:
- When I have spent too much time outside of my home and not enough time in things that are life-giving to me: spending time in the Word and journaling, nesting, resting and recharging, creating, healing from life’s daily bumps and bruises and caring for those I love the most.
3. Speed and hurry:
- When there is more on my daily schedule than I could reasonably accomplish in three good days and my speed leaves me in a constant state of hurry–trying to do more and more in less and less time.
Overwhelm leaves me:
- with a lack of clarity about what to do next
- with a lack of motivation to actually do it if I knew
- immobilized to do simple things like moving the dishes on top of the counter into the dishwasher, putting a load of laundry in the washer or spending 60 seconds straightening my desk at the end of the day
- believing that I lack the resources to rise above my immobilizing overwhelm.
The fact is, overwhelm is often a part of daily life and to make our days count, we need a strategy that moves us beyond the paralysis of that overwhelm.
1. Ask for help. By ask for help, I mean cry out to God and ask Him for His wisdom and help. Psalm 30:10 says: Hear me, Lord, and have mercy on me. Help me, O Lord.
2. Get more clarity. Grab and pen and piece of paper and set a timer for 2 minutes. Now write like crazy and make a list of everything that is calling for your attention right now–in other words, get what is overwhelming you out of your mind and onto a piece of paper.
3. Move. Circle the three things you can take care of right away in a very short period of time. Get up and do them. Even if you don’t feel like it. ESPECIALLY if you don’t feel like it!!!! For me this week, I got moving by getting up and loading my dishwasher, grabbing the laundry from our bedroom, sorting it, and putting a load in the washing machine–all within 10 minutes. It’s amazing how our movement begins to unclog the bottle-necked clutch of overwhelm.
Make today count by dealing with your overwhelm!
Something to think about:
- Where does most of your overwhelm come from?
- How do you overcome your overwhelm?
Leave a comment below…I love to hear from you!
(One more thing: I totally recognize that there are circumstances, transitions, relationships and loses that can leave us in complete overwhelm for seasons of our life. That is not the kind of overwhelm I am talking about in this post. May God bless you if you are experiencing that kind right now. I am prayerful for you.)