As we’re living such busy lives, having the ability to cope with overwhelm, without losing focus, is a distinct advantage.
It doesn’t take much for us to start feeling overwhelmed because we have to deal with many things in our personal and professional lives.
Things That Can Cause Overwhelm
Whenever we feel overwhelmed, it means certain things are happening or playing out for us. Some of these include:
- Lack of clarity on what’s most important now.
- No clear criteria for managing priorities.
- Having more things to do than we have time available to do them.
- Not having the confidence or competence to do something.
- Failing to set boundaries with others.
The Costs of Overwhelm
Even though feeling overwhelmed is self-generated, it’s not a pleasant experience to have. The costs of overwhelm include:
- Emotional turmoil which can cause irritability, frustration or anger.
- Failing to meet deadlines.
- Not being able to focus well which can cause poor quality work.
- Having low confidence and motivation to get things done.
- Losing self-trust and trust with others.
Being able to cope with overwhelm means we’ll still complete things without losing focus.