When you wake up and already feel the burden of the day on your shoulders, your go to response could be to just roll over and push snooze. Trust me, you are not alone. Many of use will try to avoid that feeling with sleep.
Some may actually get up. I think getting up is your best choice. You need to get up and flush your mind and body out from the stress that it just went through and is still going through. Use these steps to slowly start taking on your day.
1. Get Out of Bed
Don’t stay in bed and try todo these exercises. You will probably fall back asleep or never actually make it out of bed. The point of getting out bed, is to start the process of you regaining control of your thoughts. Remember, overwhelm is a state of mind.
2. Focus On Your Breathe
You probably woke up stressing out. Your body was sent into flight or fight mode and you are on the defensive. Calm you body down with taking deep breathes. Focus on taking deep slow breathes for 3 minutes.
Inhale for 5 seconds, hold for 5 seconds, and exhale for 5 seconds. As this becomes easier your body will become more relaxed.
3. Change Your Thoughts
Once you physical body is no longer experiencing flight or fight, your brain should also be in a better place. But, it is up to you to change your thoughts to make a difference in overcoming overwhelm.
Start with some simple thoughts that “you are safe” and “you are loved.” Continue telling yourself this. Then, when you are able to acknowledge that this is true, move on to gaining perspective.
Change Your Perspective
You need to have a good perspective of what is possible for today. What are you capable of doing, while you take care of yourself through out the day. We all have tasks that are due tomorrow, Friday, next Thursday, three weeks from now, next month, 2 months from now, and maybe even next year.
Slow down. Realize that you should focus on today. Not tomorrow or 3 weeks from now. You work on doing the best you can for the next 10 hours or so at work, nothing more. That is what you are responsible for.
Figure Out Your Priorities
What will be your priorities for the day. Have no more than 3. Taking care of yourself should definitely be one of them! When you figure out your priorities, then you know what has to be done today.
When you do gain perspective, what immediate tasks, projects, people, or events, can be cut because they do not correlate to your priorities for today? Cut them, and carry on.
Overwhelm is a sucky place to be. You aren’t the first to be trapped by it early in the morning. But, you can take steps to gain control of your thoughts and start the day head on, without having a breakdown. Let me know if these tips help you, in the comments below. What do you do when overwhelm hits, right when you wake up?
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