Feeling Overwhelmed? How To Overcome It...

For me, this week has been filled with uncertainty and the persistent state of questioning myself and my abilities. Oftentimes, I felt like an imposter… how did I get here, why am I finding things difficult? Why am I struggling with time management? Why do I continue to overplan? Especially during this lockdown period I have struggled with confidence. Deep down, I had been telling myself that I am ok but in reality I was on the brink of burnout.

Bit of a backstory, this week, I spent time building some new Ikea furniture for my new room. Midway through the assembly of the Brimnes bookcase, I had this urge to almost break everything. Had I not come to my senses and realised that I am Nigerian, and that it would be reckless to waste such money, that bookcase would cease to exist. Nevertheless, the desire to break it was still there. In retrospect, I realised that I wasn’t really that angry at building the furniture, I was simply annoyed by the amount of time I had wasted when I had so many other commitments to worry about. This was the point where I realised I needed to refocus and get things together. That’s what drove me to write this blog post - how to overcome the feeling of being overwhelmed.

This isn’t the first time that I have felt exhausted. Typically, by the time I get to this point in the year it’s pretty much expected. But I think the real difficulty is being able to recognise you’re feeling overwhelmed and then being able to pull yourself out of it. So how do you do it?