Regardless of your circumstances, it is completely normal to feel overwhelmed right now. We all have experienced changes that make life seem and feel like a bit too much at times. There is an insane amount of burnout for the majority of the population, but young women sometimes feel it the hardest. We want control over our lives and a sense of stability, but it is difficult to know where to start.
If you have been feeling out of control lately or just need some advice, this article could be just what you need to bring order into your life. It is so important to make sure that you keep yourself in a good headspace. While it may feel impossible, we think these three tips are a great place to start.
If you are feeling overwhelmed and you are reading to take back control, keep reading! You will discover three ways that will make you feel more in control of your life and empower you from the inside and out.
Control Your Environment
Having control over your environment sounds intimidating at first. But, having a clean environment is very important. It can also just be something that takes a few hours. Regardless, it is clear that our surrounding environments both impact and reflect our mental states.
If you’re not sure where to begin, you can always check out our article on How to Find the Perfect Self-Care Routine.
When we are not feeling in control of things, we often feel like we are constantly putting out fires. There are too many things to do or too many thoughts in our head. If your environment is reflecting this sort of mental state, it might mean you are living in a messy space. It is likely that if you feel overwhelmed, the last thing you want to do is clean up your living space.
The worst thing about having a messy home is that we are so tuned out from the present. And thus, we do not even realize how much we need to clean it. It could just be background noise adding to your feelings of being all over the place.
So, it is time to buckle down and do some serious and detailed cleaning (and organizing) for your home. You can even listen to your favorite tunes or podcast episodes while doing it to enhance your mood.
Once you are done cleaning, you will feel a sense of accomplishment; which, in turn, will help you feel like you possess more control.
Moreover, having a clean and organized space around you will make you feel better mentally. If you walk into a clean house, you are more likely to keep it clean, accomplish your tasks, and be more focused.
Build Momentum With Small Asks
For most of us, if it is not summer, it is a busy time of year. Sometimes, though, it is just a matter of whether or not you get the momentum going. For example, a lot of influencers recommend the ‘ten minute tidy’ for building up the momentum to clean the house. However, gaining momentum is not just house related.
You can gain control back by following through with any goal you set for yourself.
Telling yourself that you are only going to do such-and-such for a specific (and short) amount of time is a great motivator in taking down tasks. Alternatively, you could also create a checklist of big and small things that you need to get done. From there, do the quickest and easiest tasks first, and save the hardest ones for last. Seeing all those checked marks on your list of finished tasks will help motivate you towards tackling the bigger projects later on.
Before you know it, you will be on your way to completely finishing your to-dos for the day; and feeling good about getting them all done! Having a small notebook for you to write down your to-do lists will help you feel so much more on top of things and in control over your life. Even writing down a task or a goal is a great first step towards achieving your aims.
Take Control Back By Making Yourself A Priority
So many people tend to put time for self-care on the back-burner. But, if you do this, it might be the exact reason why you are feeling scattered, overwhelmed, or out of control. Unfortunately, many of us are not as nice to ourselves as we should be. It is so important to make sure that you are getting the care you need–mentally and physically. Therefore, we all need to learn to respect ourselves. This starts by taking guilt-free time to rest and relax; if you are reading this article, you definitely deserve it.
Make a list of all the things that you love to do and schedule out some non-negotiable time to do it. If you love a relaxing bath with Epsom salts, put that in the schedule! Or, maybe taking the time to work out and meditate every day is just what you need to feel your best. This may be hard for those of us with busy schedules, but if you don’t make time for yourself and your needs, you cannot meet outside expectations.
If you take away anything from this article, remember to just try to tune in to yourself. It is essential to be considerate about your own needs, because getting things done is not the only purpose in life–and it should not feel that way either. You are so important–just the way you are. Your mental and physical well being is always going to be more valuable than any sort of outside obligations. Devoting time to self-care and taking time for yourself is not selfish, it is a way to empower yourself and acknowledge your worth. We hope that all three of these tips help you feel more in control of your life and surroundings, but most importantly–that you put your well-being first.
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