Pay attention to your body
The way we feel physically and emotionally are great indicators for when we're overbooking ourselves. Physically we can feel run down, have trouble sleeping, stomach issues or even become sick. Emotionally we can become irritable and lash out at others without realizing it. You may want to isolate yourself more from other people instead of being social because all you have the energy for is eating and sleeping. If your body is responding in a way thats out of the norm for you; you may be overbooked.
When we're overworked and overbooked with tasks it becomes more easy to forget what we even have on schedule. You start to forget things you've never forgot before or even forget the essentials needed to complete your to do list. Free up your calendar to lend more energy to remembering everything that you have to complete.
You Don't Have the Time
How many times have you said to yourself "I don't have time for this?" but still power through your schedule? We have to allow margin for ourselves in order to get things done. Time can be our greatest asset but when you schedule yourself to the point of being late to all that you do; you have to know when to let go of responsibilities or tasks. If you frequently are trying to find the time to do things with no avail, its time to free up your plate.
Increase in Anxiety
Anxiety can rear its ugly head when we're feeling pressured. Sometimes that pressure and anxiety can propel us to perform in an incredible way but when were in a constant state of anxiety; it negatively impacts us. We often become sick, have feelings of panic or actual panic attacks, or just become so anxiety provoked that we're immobilized from doing any activities whatsoever.
If any of the above sounds familiar, take a good hard look at that schedule of yours and give yourself permission to pull back where you can. It might not feel good in the moment to admit to yourself that you need to let go of responsibility but it will be good for your overall well being when you finally do.
This topic of the week was written by Alanna Gardner, MFT