We've all seen the memes with the stressed out mom, hair a mess, coffee in one hand, baby or toddler in the other, a stream of chaos around her, and a look of complete desperation on her face.
We've probably all been there, maybe under different circumstances, but the same feeling of not being able to get it all done. But I'm here to tell you, that it's ok. It's ok if some things fall by the wayside at times. While we (and by we, I mean I) like to think that we are superwoman and can do all things and be all things to all people, the truth is, we aren't. We are created in the image of God. We are made to glorify Him, and by walking in the truths that He has shown us, we do just that. When I believe the lie that I can do all things in my own power and strength, then I am not leaning on the one who gives me power and strength. And let me just tell you, if you're doing that right now, you're probably exhausted. I know I am when I fall into that pit.
Thankfully, we don't have to run headlong down that path forever. There are many ways to get rid of the overwhelm in life, no matter your situation or circumstances. I'm going to share 5 things that I do when life seems to be more than I can handle.
1. If you are a believer, stop waking up to your phone. Wake up to God's word. It changes everything. When Covid-19 hit, and my business changed drastically, I went through a whole list of emotions. But the hardest one to deal with was the anxiety of trying to figure it all out in a world that was brand new to everyone. But God has a sense of humor, because when I stopped myself from continuing down the road of despair, His Word was right there, waiting to tell me exactly what I needed to do. God gives us so much grace and mercy, and I'm so grateful for that.
2. Sit down and make a list. List all the things that are in your head swirling around and making you dizzy with overwhelm. Once you've got it all out of there, it's easier to get it organized. We will talk more about that in no. 3
3. Put things in order of priority. I don't mean make a to-do list. Make a list of what is most urgent, most important, things you can delegate (yes, you can let go of some of those things you think YOU must do), and things that don't actually have to be done right now. By sorting your thoughts out, it will bring the level of overwhelm down drastically.
4. If you are a creative, CREATE! If I had a nickel for every time someone told me they wished they had more time to create, I'd be a millionaire by now! I am a firm believer that I cannot do the people around me good if my cup is empty. There are days when I need just a few minutes to create for myself. Not a class, not an order, just for the sake of creating. I turn the music up, get a few supplies out and go to town. Some times it's for 10 minutes, other times, I have a couple of hours. It all depends on the season of life (or which sports season) we are in.
5. Take a nap. Sometimes the best thing I can do for my head is to escape by taking a nap. I love taking naps, and will do so whenever I can. But honestly, there is something about sleeping and letting my body and mind rest in the midst of what seems like a storm that helps put things in perspective.
I hope that this helps you in a season of overwhelm. What are some tips that you would add to this list?