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We all encounter challenges, setbacks, and moments of tension and frustration in our everyday lives on a fairly regular basis – but there is essentially a world of difference between having to deal with a fairly substantial amount of irritation on the one hand, and feeling absolutely swamped and overwhelmed on the other hand, to the point where you struggle to comprehend how you can even begin to cope with the situations that befall you.
If this kind of sense of overwhelm endures for long enough, it can have an absolutely destructive effect on your overall sense of well-being, on your ability to live your life in a properly uplifting and productive manner, and it can even decimate your health, too.
Feeling constantly overwhelmed means feeling chronically stressed – and when you feel chronically stressed, hormones such as cortisol remain elevated far more than they should, and result in damage to the brain and other organs of the body.
So, here are a few simple tips for reducing overwhelm in your everyday life, so that things don’t all fall apart arbitrarily.
Don’t be afraid to “subcontract” out some of your issues
Some of the issues that confront you will, of course, be the sort of things that only you can directly resolve and handle, on your own.
But, at the same time, many of the other issues that you face will be specifically the sort of things that you will struggle immensely to try and handle your own, and that will pile on a major degree of stress, unless you get them resolved quickly.
Sometimes, we are reluctant to “subcontract” some of our issues out to other people – partly for financial reasons, and partly out of a desire to maintain autonomy.
While this motivation is completely understandable and admirable, sometimes you really do just need to bite the bullet and call a professional fridge repair expert, or an accountant.
Cut way down on the tech and digital services and entertainment
Modern digital technology is amazing in all kinds of ways, and certainly has the potential to enhance and uplift your life, if you use it properly, and with the correct degree of moderation.
Increasingly, though, research finds that the constant information overload provided by many of these tools and services has a potentially deeply negative impact on many of us, and can contribute heavily to a sense of enduring overwhelm.
Social media use, for example, is highly correlated with conditions such as depression and social anxiety. Solutions like these can help reduce anxiety and stress naturally.
By cutting way down on the tech and digital services and entertainment, and only visiting a few valued sites, from time to time, you may significantly increase how “in control” you feel in your life.
Base your life around positive “systems” that help you to stay on the right track
If you are always reaching for certain goals and targets that lie at some indeterminate point in the future, it goes without saying that you are likely to feel stressed and overwhelmed – by definition, you’ve put yourself in a position where you consciously don’t have what you want, and have to struggle and scramble to try and get it.
Basing your life around positive “systems” – in the form of daily habits and routines that help you to stay on track and move in a positive direction – on the other hand, may allow you to have just the same chance of achieving great things, without all the added stress.
Much has been written already about the benefit of systems versus goals. But it might be that implementing some effective “systems” can make your life a vast degree more positive and low-stress.