Jan / 21

Feeling Overwhelmed? Otherwise known as moving.

By / Jessica Leake / 1

Moving_Boxes___Packing_MaterialI have moved nine times in my life, not including dorm room moves in college. My husband and I have never lived in the same city as our families as long as we’ve been married, but this May, we’ll finally get the chance.

You’d think I’d be used to it by now! Pack up all my stuff like a robot without feeling the least bit stressed. I mean, I’ve done this nine times! Except, I’ve only moved myself three times–the other times it fell on my parents’ shoulders. On top of general packing and moving stress, we also have to get the house staged for sale.

Stressed Cat2

When I was a therapist, I would do whole entire groups on stress. Whole entire WEEKS of groups on stress–because everyone has it, and we all handle it differently. So I could go into the two different types of stress, the affect it can have on our bodies, different causes, etc. But instead, I’ll just skip to what works best for me:

Breaking up enormous tasks into teeny, tiny manageable chunks  

For example, we have to get our entire house packed up. EVERY SINGLE ROOM. This daunting task makes almost everyone want to just lie on the floor with a blanket over their head and pretend this isn’t going to happen. So the BEST way to not have a nervous breakdown over it is to focus on one small section of only one room at a time. Packing up a whole house? Kill me now. Packing up the books on my bookshelves? I can do that.

This simple strategy can even be applied to writing (nice segue right???). Writing an entire novel? OVERWHELMING. Writing 1,000 words a day? Much easier.

So take the next daunting task that comes your way one small piece at a time and see if that makes you less likely to resort to cheap wine and chocolate cake.

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