Life has its way of throwing curve balls at us that leave us feeling stuck or overwhelmed. Here are some ways to reduce feeling overwhelmed, which inevitably can contribute to improving our overall mood:
- Ground yourself in the present moment: A great quick way to achieve this is using the 5-4-3-2-1 technique that utilizes your senses. The idea is to identify five things you can see; four things you hear; three things you can touch (go ahead and touch them if
possible); two things you can smell; and one thing you can taste.
- Clean up your personal space: Keeping your workspace or immediate surroundings organized can help reduce some of the negative emotions by making us feel as though we have accomplished something.
- Prioritize: Focus on things that need to be done first and put the things that should be done to the side. One step at a time.
- Abandon the multitasking ship: It can feel like you are getting a lot done when you are on the phone, responding to e-mails, while also keeping tabs on a work chat. But the truth is our brain is not designed to do multiple tasks at once. Often, we spend more time doing the activities in multitasking mode, then we would if we attended to them one at a time.