Last night as I was trying to fall asleep, my brain had other thoughts…like, it actually had other thoughts. My list of ‘what to do’ and ‘when they had to be done by’ just kept growing and growing.
And then I started getting really overwhelmed, to the point where I almost had an anxiety attack.
Not healthy. Not ok.
I have been down that road before, where I’ve given myself anxiety from overthinking or taking too much on.
Luckily, I’m not that person anymore, although, not to say I don’t still have the ability to overwhelm myself. Now, I can sense it coming on and stop myself before I go insane.
Big tasks can be scary. Hell, even little tasks can be scary. But it’s important not to focus on the assignment in its entirety, and to break it down into smaller, manageable bite sized pieces.
I couldn’t help but think how relatable this is in other aspects of our lives.
Take your health and fitness goals for example. Your goal may be to lose weight. You do your research, you seek advice, you ask your friends, and you get bombarded with a million and one things about ‘paleo, keto, low carb, high protein, HIIT, EPOC, intermittent fasting’ and all of a sudden, you’ve fallen into a black hole of information that swallows you whole.
That gets you nowhere. Where do you start? How do you start? What do they even mean? EPOC sounds like a bird…or something out of a sci-fi movie.
The most important thing you can do is to focus on ONE THING at a time. ONE HABIT to start you off. Focus first on ONE THING that you think is manageable and that you can do well enough to kick start your journey. Once you have established that healthy habit, build on it. An example may be your diet. Instead of going all in from Monday (because we all know diets can only start on Mondays), maybe start by having a healthy breakfast every day, and go from there.
To tackle multiple tasks at once will just overwhelm you, make you less motivated, less likely to try, and your goals less attainable.
So give it a go. Establish a simple, manageable habit, and the rest will fall into place.