What To Do When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed

We’ve all experienced those days when there just isn’t enough time for all the things we have to get done. Sometimes, those days are actually weeks or months and our busy schedules begin to look too intimidating to tackle. When this happens, and we feel so overwhelmed that we just feel like freaking out, all we need to do is refocus and keep pushing on.

Make a plan

The first thing you need to do if you start to feel overwhelmed is make a list of all of the things you need to do. This list can be handwritten or virtual, using services like Apple Notes, Wunderlist, or Evernote to stay organized on the go. Lists can be written so you can number them in order of importance. If you know your schedule will be packed for a long time, you can even create a calendar so you can see what needs to be done for weeks to months at a time.

Stick to the plan

Once you have created your list, it is very important that you make a pact with yourself to stick to your plan no matter what. That means if you have a goal to complete X, Y, and Z on Wednesday, make sure you complete X, Y, and Z on Wednesday. Falling behind will only make you feel more stressed out and no one wants that.

Take a breath

Before you actually attempt sit down and get busy, feel free to take some time just for you. A half an hour of watching your favorite show, browsing your social media, or catching up on the day’s news will be enough to calm yourself down and feel ready to put work first. Whether your “you time” is spending time with your friends or being secluded in your room, having some time to reset and prepare for the busy day, week, or month ahead of you will be so helpful.

Check it off

Now that you have made your list, promised to stick to it, and had some “you time”, you’re ready to begin checking off your list. For many, lists can still be a little overwhelming, especially if it covers an entire page or fills a calendar. At this point, taking your plan one item or one day at a time will help you feel more in control.

 Self-encouragement

During the process of working through your plan, always give yourself the support and encouragement you need. For some, repeating a mantra, such as “one step at a time”, or promising yourself a special reward after a hard day’s work is enough to feel less overwhelmed.

As young adults making our way through college, we want to experience and learn as much as we can. While we are here, we should simply enjoy as much of it as we can. So make a plan, take a moment for yourself, check off your lists, and know at the end of the day, you did it.

This guest post was written by PRowl account associate Sarah Evers. 

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