I think so many of us get overwhelmed because of all the things we think we “need” to do or let others expectations take over our schedule. This is how stress can creep into our lives and diminish our joy and happiness. I’ve suffered from depression for most of my adult life and I am too aware of what happens to me if I get stressed out and overwhelmed so it is important for me not to allow it to go to far.
The way I deal with this is I start to make lists of what I think I need to do, all the things I’ve committed to, all the classes, appointments, meetings and projects I have scheduled. Then I figure out what must get done now and what can be put off to a later date or passed on to someone else. I also then make sure that I have time for family, fun and rest.
What are your priorities and within them which are your responsibility? I write mine down and remind myself of them often. I like to live by example, which means I’m not perfect, I don’t live a charmed life, I have issues, I have challenges and I put myself first when I need to.