Waving or Drowning?

drowningAre you keeping on top of things? Or do you sometimes feel like you’re drowning under a deluge of information, demands, commitments, responsibilities, emails, advice, ideas, tweets, offers, promotions….and so the list goes on!

And now here I am, offering even more…….sorry ;-)

In the last few weeks, I’ve spoken to so many people who, for a variety of reasons, have been feeling stressed, anxious, exhausted or just completely overwhelmed. And in this state of mind stress levels rise, our minds become cluttered and we find it even more difficult to think clearly, solve problems or cope effectively with the challenges that face us.

So what can you do if you feel affected?

Well rather than overwhelm you with lots more information, here are 9 simple tips to help you regain your balance and feel better too;

1 The devil is in the detail – avoid getting bogged down in too much detail and keep a sense of perspective

2 Choices, choices – indecision is exhausting and time consuming, identify your criteria, decide now and move on

3 Can’t say No – create healthy boundaries and practice saying No more often

4 Not enough time – prioritise what’s really important, not just urgent

5 Getting ahead of yourself – whoa! come back to the present and take one step at a time

6 Fear – stop worrying about the consequences, or not being good enough, and go for it

7 Perfectionism – have realistic expectations and don’t judge too harshly, very often ‘good enough’ will do

8 Breathe – pay attention to your body, notice the signs, take time to stop…….. and breathe ;-)

9 Help – you don’t always have to fly solo, ask for help or get some support

And remember ‘The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it’ – Sydney J Harris