How do you Deal with Feeling Overwhelmed?

Mike Folinas - Manager of Research Administration, University of Toronto


As we approach a busy and unique winter competition season, our processes have changed and our work/life balance can be in flux. From countless online meetings to flex hours, one can feel the impact of our changing schedules. We wanted to know how our members deal with feeling overwhelmed during our new normal.  We had some great suggestions and here are their responses:

- Take regular breaks

- Prioritize your work based on deadlines

- Feel free to say no, if you do not have time to accomplish new tasks

- Set realistic timelines

- Change locations

- Work on one task at a time.

- Reduce distractions

- Write a list and prioritize

- Be mindful and practice mindfulness

- Remember that these challenges can be opportunities for learning new skills

- Plan ahead and forecast

- Set aside a few minutes and take deep breaths

These are all great suggestions. Additional resources can be found below:

Recommend a Resource: 

- One of our members recommends Overwhelmed: How to Quiet the Chaos and Restore Your Sanity by Kathi Lipp, Cheri Gregory (2017). The article outlines the practical tools and innovative that will help achieve healthier habits:

- One of our members recommends Declutter Your Mind: How to Stop Worrying, Relieve Anxiety, and Eliminate Negative Thinking by S.J. Scott and Barrie Davenport (2016).This book provides some interesting strategies that will help with prioritizing tasks and changing habits: