If you had been at our place on the weekend, you would’ve seen a lady hunched over the bench, stifling a scream with a batch of flatbread dough. Not dealing with overwhelm in an awesome way.
I basically hit the wall and had just had enough. I felt REALLY tired. Burnt. Out.
It was one of those moments where a little thing pushes you over the edge. I had blended up some ice block mixture using kiwifruit that were about to turn. Then I couldn’t find the ice block holder things anywhere and only five of the 8 handles had turned up. It really pissed me off. I’M JUST TRYING TO DO THE RIGHT THING WITH LEFTOVER FRUIT, PEOPLE. WHY DOES IT HAVE TO BE SO FREAKEN HARD.
I was really overwhelmed. I wanted to sink onto the floor and whisper ‘hold me’ into its shiny woodenness. It seemed that everywhere I looked there was a mountainous pile of rotten crap that needed to be cooked, cleaned, sorted or in some way administered.
And I had heaps of shit to do (in an hour) before we could leave the house to visit friends. So I did what any self-respecting overwhelmed person does. I had a beer, even though it was only 2pm.
Then I continued to make my flatbread pizzas and take things one step at a time. Like a person from the asylum, learning how to weave a basket. Step-by-step. With the occasional bit of rocking. All with the helping hand of husband making sure I was OK (and didn’t chuck another hissy in front the of the children).
I know many of you are like me, we take on too much. And then get overwhelmed. It’s important to know how to be resilient to these times as they happen to most of us at some time or another.
Here are some tips that might help you to bounce back and get shit done when you’re unmotivated and struggling with burn out.
1. Eat the elephant one bite at a time
If you’re in one of those freakout moments, take a deep breath, then just focus on one tiny thing at a time. Be 100% present, in the moment and do your job bit-by-bit. Don’t think about the big picture or what needs to happen next. Focus on the now.
2. Know what is important to you
Know what pushes your buttons and create a contingency plan. I don’t care so much about things being super clean, but being organised and able to quickly find things is important (and then tidiness tends to be a side effect which is awesome). And when I can’t find things I lose the plot. My plan involved writing down a list of the key areas around the house that I needed to organise and I am sorting through the areas in the lead up to Christmas. It’s about prioritising your time to focus on the things that are most important.
3. Don’t procrastinate
I have a long list of to-do’s at the moment. It keeps getting longer. This week I’ve decided I’m going to focus on knocking a bunch of stuff off the list. To help me I’ve instigated Sonia’s amazing sanity folder. Mine is really ugly, nowhere near as glam as Sonia’s (note the peg in the absence of being able to find a bulldog clip). I’ve called it the Control Freak File and I think its awesome.
4. Remember you’re not a robot
Just because we are adults/parent doesn’t mean we have to enjoy doing the crappy jobs. Sometimes you just don’t feel motivated to do some tasks. That’s cool, you’re not a robot. Accept they suck and then just do them (refer point 3). Get them done when you know you are at your best, which for me is first thing in the morning. And then take a few minutes to congratulate yourself for a job well done.
5. Simplify and be grateful
Don’t forget that in the bigger scheme of things, none of this stuff really matters. You can only do your best and try as best you can to get along in this busy life and busy world. Be grateful for what you have and try not to focus on the negative. And give simplifying a go too, the less stuff you have, the less you have to organise! 😉
Once you’ve done what you need to do, have a rest. When you’re feeling burnt out you need to look after yourself!
The wrap up
I focused on these 6 things over the weekend and had had implemented 2,3 and 6 by the end of the weekend. I cracked through three areas of the house the needed sorting. I can truly say I felt so much better. I slept really well on Sunday night and walked into Monday feeling a lot better. Ready the face the world 😉
Here’s some other posts you may be interested in if you are feeling overwhelmed: