by Dani DiPirro
You’ll be hard pressed to find someone these days who isn’t incredibly busy. Most of us are juggling careers, family, and friendships, all while trying to find time for ourselves. Coping with the various aspects of our lives can make it challenging to get through the day without feeling stressed and overwhelmed, especially at this time of the year.
But there are quite a few things you can do to simplify your day, making it easier to stay on top of your many tasks and cutting down on the level of stress in your life. Use these ten tips when you feel like life is a bit too overwhelming.
1. Make a list
When you write down what needs to get done (or keep a list of tasks online or on your phone), you’ll be able to free up space in your mind for what’s happening in the present. You’ll also be less likely to forget tasks — which will cut down on your stress level.
2. Prepare the night before
If possible, simplify your morning routine by preparing as much as you can the night before. Lay out your outfit for work or school. Pack your lunch ahead and pop it in the fridge. Set your bag by the front door. Do whatever you can to make the morning easier to manage.
3. Delegate tasks
You don’t have to do it all! Just because it’s on your list doesn’t mean you are the one that must do it. When you’re feeling overwhelmed, ask a family member to help with a chore or a coworker to assist with a task. People are usually happy to help if you ask nicely.
4. Learn to say no
When you don’t feel as if things in your life are running smoothly or simply, it’s time to cut back on what you’ve been saying yes to. It can be a challenge to say no sometimes, but when you say no to something, you’re saying yes to a more simple, streamlined life.
5. Stop complaining
If you’re feeling stressed, it’s hard not to complain about feeling overwhelmed, but the more you focus on your stress, the larger it seems to become. Instead, focus on what’s simple and easy in your life and be grateful for those things.
6. Cut down on media
During times when stress is high and you’re craving simplicity, try to cut back on the time spent online or watching TV. Return to the classics — talking to a friend, going for a walk, or reading a good book. Changing how you spend your free time can cut down on stress levels.
7. Choose friends wisely
The people you spend your time with greatly influence how you’re feeling about the world around you. If you want to feel at ease with your life, it’s important to surround yourself with people who strive to make your life easier. Choose friends who are enjoyable, positive influences on you.
8.Clear out your closet
The act of clearing out your closet and getting rid of the items you no longer need or want can provide a soothing feeling of simplicity. External clutter creates an internal clutter that’s hard to shake (even when you close the closet door!). Set aside some time to remove what’s no longer necessary.
9. Spend time alone
Nothing creates a feeling of simplicity like enjoying some good, quality alone time. Schedule an hour (or two!) on your calendar to spend doing an activity that makes you feel relaxed and at peace. While enjoying this activity, try to be fully present (no phones!) and immerse yourself in the experience.
10. Slow down
When you’re feeling overwhelmed, it’s tempting to rush around, doing as much as you can in the shortest amount of time possible. However, rushing only causes more stress (and potential mistakes!). It’s much better to slow down, and embrace the concept of simply doing one task at a time.
Dani DiPirro is founder of PositivelyPresent.com, designed to help others live positively – it now attracts more than 90,000 pageviews per month. Her work has been featured on sites such as The Happiness Project, Psychology Today and Forbes.
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