Right now I’m feeling a little bit overwhelmed. My 9-5 day job is busier than ever, which I totally love. My social life also seems to be picking up now the sun is (mostly) shining. My to-do list seems to be never-ending and it seems like I have very little time to be doing absolutely nothing.
Taking time out has always been really important to me – and I’ve always recognised the need to just chill out in order to benefit my mental health, but there’s so much going on right now, I’m not sure I know how to.
I’ve got into a routine of going to the gym after work, and when I’m not seeing friends at the weekend, I’m frantically trying to get every bit of blog or instagram work done.
What I’m struggling with is that this is all things I enjoy – they’re all my hobbies, but what do you do when these hobbies feel like a must-do, rather than a fun-to-do?
The first thing and the only thing you can do in any of these situations is to step back. Just like when you use your blogging mojo, it’s important to take a step back and look at the situation. Why am I feeling overwhelmed? What do I have control over, and what do I not?
For me, work is a must, and that’s great. Blogging, gym, and instagram are all hobbies, so these are things I can change. Taking a step back I realise the extra workload from these is what’s making it all a bit too much, so I can take a break, and get back into it once the rest of my life has quietened down a bit.
Remember that to-do list that never seems to end I spoke about? Well, a lot of those items are really tiny things like clean your room, send back that parcel, remember to get something from the shop. These can all be done within a couple of focused hours, so set aside some of that time and do it.
For me, that means skipping a gym session and making it productive time in another way – ticking off those boxes on my list.
And the most important thing, as with any feelings – the best thing I, and you, can do is to talk about it. Put those feelings out into the open and get the support you need. For me, that’s as little as asking my mum to help me change my bedsheets to get the job done quicker, or asking Jamie for some extra help with taking some blog photos. For some, it might be more than that, but I’m a strong believer in a problem shared is a problem halved, and you’re guaranteed to feel better once you’ve spoken about it.
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What do you do when you’re feeling a little overwhelmed?