5 simple steps to help you deal with stress and overwhelm

I’ve had a couple of people request that I share some tips on how to deal with stress, overwhelm, feeling stuck and/or stagnant in their business of late.

Funny how people always seem to make these requests when I’m in the midst of battling the same feels.

I will record some video/podcast content for you all on how I deal with these very real feelings next week but to get you through today, here are my top five tips for dealing with stress, overwhelm and feeling stuck.

  1. Notice where it is coming from. If you can observe the feelings and the source of the feelings, it goes a long way in helping you to eliminate some of the external triggers. This could be anything from too much Instagram and comparing yourself to others, taking on too much work, not eating well or too much screen time and not enough nature and fresh air. Take some time to do a little life health check and see where the main causes of your stress are coming from.
  2. Get rid of stuff. Chances are you have tasks on your to-do list that aren’t urgent and can wait for when the overwhelm passes. Ask yourself, what would someone who loves themself do? If you could look at yourself through the eyes of someone who loves you, what advice would they give you at this moment?
  3. It will pass. Yep, it really will. When the feels are alive in your body, they feel SO real. But remember, it’s just energy in motion and if you can do your best to not engage with the feeling, it will pass through your body. I personally use words like ‘this too shall pass’ and ‘it’s just emotion, it’s ok for it to be there, don’t attach’
  4. Exercise. I’m not going to lie, I’m pretty bad at remembering this one but it’s probably the only thing that gets me out of my head and back into the present moment – no one ever regrets a workout. Even if you don’t feel like it, remove yourself from the screen, pep talk the hell out of yourself and put those runners on – it will help.
  5. Have fun. If you’re anything like me, stress sends you into workaholic mode – thinking if I just do more it will get better. Reality is, you can’t do your best work when you’re stressed. You’re better off stopping, taking time away from the computer or to-do list and find a way to fill up on something that makes you come alive. It will fill your cup and you’ll return to work with more clarity and inspiration.