We all know how it feels to be overwhelmed.
I don’t know any mom who doesn’t struggle with juggling everything and — while we are awesome at it — every once in a while it just starts to feel like a little bit too much.
I’ve been there more often than I care to admit.
In the past few years I found out I was having twins, suffered from HG, dealt with bedrest, was evacuated from my home in a fire, had premature twins, nearly lost my daughter in a near-drowning accident, moved, and my husband lost his job. I’m fairly proud of the way I’ve held it together through all of that but it has been extremely hard. I haven’t written about this publicly before but my husband has currently been out of work for a year and, after everything we’ve already been through, that has been a true test of our endurance.
We all face hard things. Sometimes it’s hard to see the forest for the trees. I have a friend who is in a leadership position and she often has women come to her when they are struggling. She had some amazing advice for those times when we are overwhelmed. As soon as I heard I heard it I knew I had to share it with you.
She said the first thing she does when someone comes to her for help is ask three things:
- Have you slept?
- Have you eaten?
- Have you exercised?
We cannot solve all of life’s problems if we have not taken care of ourselves. . . actually, I’m not sure if we can solve any of life’s problems without taking care of our own needs first.
These three things may not make everything all better, but they are certainly a start. If you are feeling overwhelmed, stop and ask yourself these three things. If the answer to any of them is no, then that is probably a big part of why you are feeling overwhelmed.
Take some time (I know you think you don’t have the time but find it, somehow) and eat something healthy, get a few minutes of exercise, and either carve some time out of your day to take a short nap or set a goal to get to bed a bit earlier tonight. If you need a bit of help with this, download our free daily planner to keep you on track.
I bet you’ll feel much better after doing those things and the problems you are trying to solve won’t seem quite so overwhelming.
What helps you feel better when you are overwhelmed?
Let’s help each other out and share some ideas. Share your thoughts in the comment section.
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