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Staying Afloat

by Kristy Cartmell, Designer / Social Media Specialist

This can be a stressful time of year for a lot of us! With the holidays coming up, juggling the “new normal,” an upcoming election, and your already established responsibilities, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. However, the saying goes, “this too shall pass.” And we will come out on the other side stronger because of it. But while we’re in the midst of the chaos, here are a few tips to help get you through the next few hectic months with a little more grace. 

  1. Make to-do lists your best friend. It can be easy to say “oh, I’ll do that later.” Then “later” comes and goes and that thing has never been done. Actually, you totally forgot about it. Don’t underestimate the power of a list. Sometimes I find myself adding “eat” to the list, just so I remember to take care of myself. Nothing is too big or small for a to-do list.
  2. Take a nap. I just mentioned how I forgot to take care of myself, and a lot of us do. Self-care is very important and getting the appropriate amount of sleep is even more so. Maybe naps aren’t your thing, but aiming for around 8 hours a night can do wonders. Sometimes that’s hard to manage, but with a good sleep schedule, you’ll be more alert, more focused, and refreshed. 
  3. Meal prepping. Yikes, this isn’t everyone’s favorite topic. I know I dread it and it seems so daunting every Sunday when I begin to think about the week ahead. However, this is SO worth it. It saves me so much time during the week. You won’t have to waste so much energy stressing about what to have for lunch or dinner that will both be filling, nutritional, and practical. Doing it all on the weekend (or however your schedule allows) can save you a lot of brainpower, physical labor, and hopefully cut down on your trips to the grocery store. 
  4. Disconnect from distractions. Even though I’m a social media coordinator, I barely use my personal social media accounts during this time of year. I have way too much to do, and when I finally get some downtime, I want to use it for exercising or spending time with my partner and cat. Disconnecting also makes me a lot more focused at work when I’m not glancing at my phone or facing “notification syndrome.” You may find you have some other distractions, some less constructive than others. It’s good to establish some boundaries with those that are problematic during this time and come back to them later when you’re not so overwhelmed. In the long-run, this will help alleviate some of your stress.
  5. Find something that motivates you. Not every aspect of our lives or jobs is fun. Not everything gets us out of bed in the morning and that’s ok. That’s part of life. But if you look for the aspects of your day that will keep you moving, cling on to those. For some, it can be a reward after finishing a task, it can be listening to music or a podcast while you work, or just the satisfaction of checking something off your to-do list (my favorite). Whatever it may be, help use these motivators to keep you focused, driven, and excited to accomplish your goals. 


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