Feeling Overwhelmed? Start with Some Basics
By Sandy Schroeder
In a fast-moving world, with lots of challenges, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Just as work comes together, demands at home may flare up. Sometimes we can pull it all together. Other times, it is not so simple. You may need some better answers and approaches.
Forbes takes a look at the things needed to solve problems and suggests three ways to make things work. They say the answers we need are within us and we need to have confidence in ourselves to work our way through.
Here are some simple steps that may help.
Face the problem - When problems multiply, it is tempting to just group them all together, but facing individual problems is really the way to solve each one. Take the time to sit down and outline individual problems or talk them out with a trusted friend. Answers may start to appear as you look more closely. Often when we look at the details it may not be as difficult as we thought. Stress can distort our views, making problems seem bigger than they really are.
Believe in yourself - It’s tempting to reach out to others when problems multiply. Friends and co-workers can be great listeners and supporters, but the main strength really has to come from within. Taking the time to think about the problem and work through it can be hard, but when you do, you may relax a little as you begin to get a grip on the issues. Sometimes when you get into the subject, clues for solutions become more obvious.
Most of us have encountered difficult situations before and it’s good to remember how we solved them. Learn from every situation that you are in and look for similarities that can be helpful in the future. But most of all, hang onto that, trust in yourself, and keep going.
Find your motivation to make it happen - Working hard can seem easier if you know what you hope to achieve. Think about where you are in life and what should happen next. When we pin down our goals, it makes it easier to get up in the morning and move through the day. Whenever I have had clear-cut goals that were really important to me, motivation kept me moving. Often the work was still hard, but there was a very important reason to be there. You may want to move up the ladder, or generate the income your family needs, or have other dreams to complete.
Just know what you want and show up to make it happen.
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