Have you ever felt like life is too fast-paced, there’s to much going on, or there’s too much coming at you from lots of different directions. Like you’re on a roundabout and you feel like it’s going too fast, you feel a bit sick and disorientated, and you need to get off. You can’t focus, and you’ve lost sense of the direction of your life? Yep, I’ve been there.
Sometimes, life can get a bit crazy, and you can feel like there’s too much to cope with. The key is about how you cope with it. Get too overwhelmed by it all, and you risk getting anxious, feeling out of your depth, and completely losing perspective. So what can you do?
- STOP! Take a breath, and some time to think. Reflect on the situation – why do you feel like you do? What is it that is really making you feel out of control?
- BREAK IT DOWN. Write down all of the things that are bothering you – you will likely find that by doing so it actually makes you realise that some of them are irrational and can easily be fixed.
- TACKLE AND PRIORITISE. Look at each item on your list and establish what is important and what can be forgotten. Order your list of things that need to be dealt with in priority order.
- TALK TO SOMEONE. Sometimes just talking about how you’re feeling can make you feel so much better. You may not get your answers, but just getting how you feel ‘out there’ really helps. And who knows, that person may just be able to help.
- MAKE A PLAN OF ACTION. This can be really simple, and can focus on tackling one or two things at the top of your priority list (you’ll likely find that by doing so the other items may just sort themselves out), but should give you the impetus to get perspective and focus on dealing with the situation rather than being overwhelmed.
It’s important to just stop sometimes in life, and take a breather. We can often get so caught up and carried away with life and all it’s dramas that we forget what’s really important to us. I’m guilty of this, particularly with work, and I’ve found recently that I’ve got so immersed in the stress and pressure of corporate life, that I’ve let it take over my personal life, which is never good. Luckily for me I have some level-headed straight talking people around me, who recognise when this happens, and work with me to flag it.
Life is tough, we all have many priorities and activities to juggle every day. The trick is to remind yourself what is important and focus on your end game. Life is happening right now, and we need to focus on enjoying the experience we are privileged to experience. Life is tough my darling, but so are you!