How do you deal with the feeling of being overwhelmed by too much work load?
Last Updated: 05/22/2021 at 7:26pm
Melissa Strauss, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
I am client focused and believe everyone has a strength. I feel confident in seeing clients with generalized and social anxiety, depression and relational goals.
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This is a common feeling, but I have a few tips on how to tackle it since I have dealt with this a lot myself. My first tip is to break your work into manageable chunks and be honest with yourself about what you can accomplish in a day. For example, instead of telling yourself to study five chapters in one day, focus on one chapter. Even though the goal is smaller, you will feel glad to complete it and might even move past that goal to complete more chapters. Another way to deal with this feeling is to reach out to others. It is common for students to feel this way, and it might make you feel better to hear that your friend has similar issues with school stress.
As a college student who also works, a heavy work load can be really stressful. One of the ways that I have learned to deal with it is by creating a routine and schedule. Planning out what you need to do each day with enough flexibility if something causes a change of plans has been really helpful. I tend to focus on the larger and bigger tasks first that will have the biggest consequences and work my way down to smaller tasks. It is also important to work time in for yourself away from work and/or school, where you can relax and do something that you like to do! As you mark things off your list, and get into a solid routine, the stress starts to relieve itself.
Too much work load can definitely make a person feel overwhelmed. It is important to try and break down the work. Do the tasks one by one, set specific amount to time to spend on each task, take breaks in between each one. If work load refers to school, homework, assignments; make sure you don't leave everything to the last minute. Spread it out, with time management skills and organizational skills. When work load refers to your career, if possible, take some time off work (sick leave), or reflect it with your Supervisor/Manager if it's possible to lighten the load of work (at least for a certain period of time, so you can recharge). Leave work problems at work, don't take them home with you to cause stress. If the work load is extremely unbearable, it may be time to look for a different job.
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