There are a lot of things competing for my time and energy right now, all buzzing around my brain.

Some are stressful and a little scary (aging parent issues), some are exciting and fun (launching a new course), and some are time consuming (home projects). And as I started my day yesterday, I knew that feeling overwhelmed wasn’t going to serve me.

So I want to share the strategies that help me tackle overwhelm. They’ll help you, too:

  1. Make a list of EVERYTHING. A complete brain dump. Once it’s all written out I take it a step further and sort it in buckets, prioritize it, and schedule time in my calendar to get things done.
  2. Stick to my morning practice. I’m a morning person. I wake up at 5am while the house is still quiet, and I come downstairs to my office to read, visualize, meditate, journal and set my intentions for the day.
  3. Get outside. I commit to a 3-mile walk each day, no excuses. Fresh air and movement help manage stress, and give me time to think.
  4. Meal plan and prep. Sunday, I wasn’t feeling it, I’ll admit, but I did it anyway, I made a meal plan for the week, bought some groceries and spent 90 minutes in the kitchen. I roasted a tray of veggies (beets, butternut squash and turnips), made a pot of soup, sauteed collard greens, cooked a pot of quinoa, roasted a piece of salmon. There are chicken breasts and salad ingredients in the fridge, and I’ve got several mix and match meals ready to go.
  5. Exercise. In addition to my daily walk, I exercise several days a week. I mix it up, depending on what my body needs: core, strength, stretching, cardio…
  6. Prioritize sleep. That can feel counterintuitive when you’ve got a to-do list a mile long, but without a good night’s sleep, I’m not going to have the energy and focus I want and need.

Supporting my 1:1 clients in managing stress, anxiety, and overwhelm is part of the coaching I do.

Here’s what Kayla had to say about our work together: “I came out of this program a better person. I can look at friends going through infertility and see how different my journey is as far as managing the stress and anxiety of it all. I know how to nourish my body with food. The tools I’ve learned to use to help my mental health have been amazing.”

And here’s what M., a perimenopause client had to say: “Investing in me is something I don’t do often, typically making sure everyone else in my family is OK before focusing on my own needs. However – it’s made me a better spouse, friend, mom, etc. because I am feeling better about myself- both in my body & my progress.”

If you’d like to explore how I can support you, let’s chat.


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