Have you ever had those moments during the day where you just feel overwhelmed? Ever felt like you’re being pulled in eight different directions? You’re not alone in having that feeling. Often, we may feel like even with the deepest organization and control over everything, things can happen that just reignite that emotion. Here are a few ways to curb that stress while also making sure you stay organized throughout the day.
Stress can really weigh you down, especially if things can go off-schedule or go missing throughout the day. While it sounds easier said than done, it’s important not to be so hard on yourself. Minor errors can happen. These little snags shouldn’t compromise your mental health to the point where you’re relying on coping mechanisms to get through your professional work. If there’s a particular issue that arises, see what you can do in your life to make for a better situation. Sometimes, issues at work can be rectified by airing them out to a higher-up or a peer to relieve the workload. At home, having conversations with family members may make for some accommodations to allow you to feel as though less is on your plate.
For some people, clutter in their personal space causes clutter in the brain. Therefore, it’s important to have everything within your home and office organized so that everything is in place and its location makes sense. Now, we’re not saying you need to alphabetize all of your books or color-coordinate your folders, but some semblance of an organization system can allow for efficient operations.
Let’s say you work in your company’s payroll department. It’s important to have tax forms next to the tax envelopes in order is the first step in making sure these envelopes are ready for mailing when it comes time to send out W-2s for annual filing. Make sure the proper form type is aligned with the ZIP code of an employee across the United States. This can spare a lot of time and stress, and you can just make sure you have the postage in place to send those envelopes out.
It’s important to use your time wisely, so be sure to keep priority in mind when creating your daily calendar. Keep the crucial items in your schedule in their usual spot. This consistency will set a sort of mechanism in your mind that gets you revved up for that event. However, it’s important that if new appointments come up, or exams are scheduled, to jot those down on your schedule immediately.
It’s best to take time each evening to look at tomorrow’s schedule. This will let you manage any potentials for conflict. For example, let’s say you have a presentation with a potential client at 10 AM but a meeting with a co-worker on a project at noon. Looking at those listings will avoid a stressful situation by accommodating some padding for timing with your co-worker.
If the stress is getting to be too much, it may be time to find a therapist. Look into the mental health offerings from your insurance plan, employer, or even your community. In the first session, you may be able to assess what you’re looking to get out of a psychiatrist or psychologist. Outlets like Talkspace and Betterhelp can even allow telehealth services for a personalized kind of therapy.
A mental health professional can help you better deal with stress to avoid substance abuse or reactions that may carry negative consequences in the long run. Be sure to consult with your healthcare providers to consider any possible specialization for the long run. You’re not alone in stress, and you can help end the stigma surrounding our emotions by simply talking all about it.