3 Tips to Stop Overwhelm

Deadlines. Dishes. Happy Hours. Dating. Networking events. And now you have a flat tire? Cue meltdown.

You’re not alone if you’re so busy you feel you’re head is going to explode. Overwhelm and fast-paced busyness is a pathology, according to some physicians. Some even say it’s more of a psychological mania called “chronophillia”.

 So when you’re so busy you think you’re going insane, you might be right. Feeling overwhelmed is a very real thing, and here are a few things you can do to keep your chronophillia at bay.

1. Do one thing at a time.

As much as you want to think that compulsively checking your Facebook or your email while Google chatting and eating Luc Lac saves you time, it doesn’t.

Research conducted at Stanford University found that multitasking is less productive than doing a one single thing at a time. Multitasking reduces your efficiency and performance because your brain can only focus on one thing at a time. When you try to do two things at once, your brain lacks the capacity to perform both tasks successfully.

So you’re right in thinking you’re not getting anything done if you’re doing a million things. Do one thing at a time to feel and be more productive.

2. Take breaks!

University of Illinois psychologist gave subjects a 50-minute task. The group that performed best, they found, was the one that had been given two short breaks.

Why? Science.

The brain evolved to detect and respond to change, always alert to danger. Once the brain becomes habituated, it no longer notices the nonthreatening sights, sounds or feelings that have been constantly present.

Taking a break resets the “OMG OMG OMG OMG THERE’S SO MUCH TO DO” loop, making it easier to prioritize what really needs to get done, keeping your chronophilla at a minimum.

3. Move your body!

Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. Elevating your heart rate releases endorphins – your happy hormones. Also, physical activity helps to relax the muscles and relive tension in the body. And since the body and mind are so closely linked, when your body feels better, so, to will your mind.

So next time you’re feeling like your to-do list might make you explode, stop multitasking and take a brisk walk around the block. Magically, life will start to sparkle again!