We can either stay afloat or sink. And sometimes, the best thing we can do for ourselves is to choose to stay afloat. So, without further ado, here are some tips on how to choose yourself when life feels too much.
Why life gets on top of you from time to time
Many people go through periods of time where they feel like life is getting on top of them. It could be because of a demanding job, a family, or just the pressure to keep up with everything. We all have those days when we feel like things are getting too much. And sometimes it can be hard to know how to cope with these feelings. But does that mean that you should just give up? No way! Let’s take a look at some of the things you can do.
Make a list of your priorities
When you’re feeling overwhelmed, it can be helpful to take a step back and make a list of your priorities. What is it that you need to focus on? What can you let go of? Sometimes, we try to do too much and end up spinning our wheels without making any real progress. Do you need to deal with that rideshare accident lawyer with Lyft? Is it time for you to make a career change? By situating yourself and identifying your priorities, you can make better use of your time and energy.
Set boundaries with yourself and others
Another way to feel more in control when things are spiraling out of control is to set boundaries with yourself and others. If you’re constantly saying “yes” to things that you don’t really want to do, it’s time to start saying “no.” You don’t have to please everyone all the time. In fact, often times when we try to do that, we end up not pleasing anyone—including ourselves. So be honest with yourself and others about what you’re able and willing to do. It’s okay to put yourself first sometimes.
Get rid of anything that doesn’t bring you joy
One way to lighten your load is by getting rid of anything in your life that doesn’t bring you joy. This could be material possessions that are just taking up space or toxic relationships that are draining your energy. If something isn’t making you happy, there’s no reason why it should still be in your life. So cut ties with anything—or anyone—that isn’t serving you anymore.
Finding yourself again and sparking some joy
Remember, whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed or like life is just too much, know that you always have a choice—you can either let things consume you or choose yourself instead. It might not always be easy, but it’s always worth it in the end if it means taking care of yourself first and foremost.