Overwhelmed by the world right now? Here are 8 ways to calm the storm

Ever find yourself frantically scrolling through your to-do list thinking, “What next?” When you’re overwhelmed, your brain blows a fuse.

Usually, we land somewhere between freeze and flight, which shows up as procrastination. But not all procrastination looks the same.

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Ground yourself in the present using the 5-4-3-2-1 technique

This is one of my favorite quick and dirty mindfulness techniques. The best part is that you don’t need any special spaces or tools.

Clean up your immediate surroundings

When you’re feeling overwhelmed, tidying the area around you restores order to a little corner of your universe and allows you to move forward.

Ruthlessly prioritize

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, cut everything that should be done and stick to things that need to get done.

Stop accidentally multitasking

Multitasking works about as well as texting while driving—which is to say, it doesn’t. So, if your nerves are frayed, mend them by doing one thing at a time.

Take the next tiny step

When you feel frozen in the proverbial headlights of your task, think only of the next tiny step. The next step can be ridiculously small.