Overcoming Overwhelm by Chunking it Down
At this time of year, we can be overwhelmed with all the demands of family and friends vying for our attention, our career responsibilities, and the shopping. Then, there are the unexpecteds that crop up. The car breaks down, the teenager has a meltdown around their own overwhelm, parents become ill––the list could go on. All of this could bring us to our knees––if we let it.
Changing Your Mindset
Jen Sincero, author of You Are a Badass®: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life, says “Overwhelm is most often a mindset. If you think about all the things you have to do, you’ll be face down on the floor. It really helps to break it down into smaller pieces.”
Two weekends ago my team and I met to build out my strategic plan for marketing my business for the new year. This is a whole new ballgame for me. Up until now, I’ve either worked in corporate with a job that I knew very well––or I had clients show up on my doorstep and the work I did with them, I knew very well. Marketing a book, a speaking platform, workshops––all new. Luckily, I have a great team to guide me through the process.
So I have support––my team, my partner, and my friends who encourage me every step of the way on this new adventure.
And I have a plan. My team and I have broken down all of the big visions for bringing Jungle: A Journey to Peace, Purpose, and Freedom and the message I share in it, into very doable tasks.
So as you go into the last two weeks of this year, with your lists of gifts to buy, tasks to complete before year end at your job, and people to see––take a deep breath, step into your objective self, and ask:
- Who can I call on to support me?
- How can I break down each task into simple actions to take, one step at a time?
Perhaps most important of all––take time for yourself as well. Go for a walk, put your feet up with a nice cup of tea, imagine yourself doing something you really enjoy doing. You’ll have more energy for your task and responsibilities by doing so.
P.S. At long last, the audiobook of Jungle:A Journey to Peace, Purpose, and Freedom is available. Conquer youroverwhelm with the guidance I provide by sharing my story. Find the audioversion of Jungle on Amazon at http://bit.ly/Jungleaudio or on iTunes: http://bit.ly/cindyhensonjungle
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