Are you overwhelmed? Is there so much going on in your life that you just can’t deal with it right now? Trust me, you’re not alone. And it really does not take a lot to get overwhelmed.
More often than not, stuff in our life overwhelms us. Think about it! You go get the mail, you look through it, and then you set it on the counter with intents on dealing with it later. Shazam! You were just overwhelmed. If you actually dealt with the mail shortly after setting it on the counter, then you are one of the few. Most just let that mail pile up until it is even more unmanageable. For many, this is life. They don’t deal with it right away, so it piles up. Trust me, I was that way, and for the most part I am still that way.
So how do I deal with it? Well, I reduce as much in my life as possible, so when something comes up I can deal with it without the burden of having to simultaneously deal with an onslaught of other things. Wow, that was a long sentence and Mr. Paolo (my high school English teacher) would have marked it with a whole bunch of red.
There is a saying, “don’t sweat the small stuff”. Well, if you are too consumed and overwhelmed with so much stuff that is going on with your life, there is no such thing as “small stuff”. The small stuff piles up with other small stuff until the small stuff becomes medium stuff. After a while we are just completely overwhelmed.
The cure is to minimize. If minimizing overwhelms you, then start small. Do one small thing, and then attend to another small thing. After a while you have accomplished something. Then keep going by doing another small thing. Read my article 10 Steps to Embrace Your Inner Minimal. Use this as a guide to do one small step after another. Believe me, it gets easier once you start.
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Bert Bacardi says
I’m overwhelmed! Overwhelmed by how few clothes I have and how frequently I have to wash. Dishes are a concern as well.
Alan B says
Don’t fret. It takes a while to get accustomed to a change in lifestyle. In the near future I will blog about dishes, and how more dishes just causes more problems.
You’re doing great!