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5 Signs you might be in over your head

Career. Family. Social life. The list is endless for women who spend their days juggling professional and personal responsibilities. Being a superwoman 24/7 can be overwhelming.
Stressed woman at work

Here are signs that you could be taking on more than you can handle.

1

You dream of work

Thoughts of deadlines and unfinished projects haunt you in your sleep, and you find yourself constantly thinking about work while you’re awake.

Tips: A recent study released by the Hay Group reports that work-life balance concerns are increasing worldwide, with 39 percent of employees in the study admitting they don’t have a good balance. Finding the right balance requires separating your personal and professional life. Disconnect from work when you’re off the clock—refrain from checking your email and discussing work at home. If you’re overwhelmed at work, seek help from colleagues. Before you commit to extra work, reassess your current workload. Remember, it’s OK to say “no.”

2

You could be an extra in the Walking Dead

You’ve lost your ambition and find yourself going through the motions. The goals that once gave you purpose are now burdens that keep you up at night. You walk around fatigued without any excitement. Even the best concealer can’t cover the dark circles and bags underneath your eyes.

Tips: Don’t let the stresses of everyday life turn you into a zombie. Being overwhelmed can impact your physical health by causing insomnia and zapping your energy, leaving you weary and bored with life. To regain your passion, write down things that excite you. Whether it’s spending time with family, having coffee with a girlfriend or pursuing a new project, schedule time regularly to make your list a priority and let it help you to stay motivated.

3

Riding a wave of emotions

Do you find yourself easily irritated and lashing out at others, even when they haven’t done anything wrong? Your emotions are scrambled into a mess, and you’ve become moody and tense. Your friends avoid asking you for advice due to your pessimistic outlook, and on most days, even you would avoid yourself if you could.

Tips: According to Helpguide.org, spreading yourself too thin can hinder your ability to deal with your emotions. Talk about your feelings with someone you trust. Keep a journal to express your feelings of frustration, which can help you identify your problem areas and avoid stressors that can be prevented.

4

You have trouble finishing anything

You have a growing stack of projects that you started but have not yet completed, and you are constantly sidetracked with new ideas.

Tips: Creativity is most productive when you focus on executing your fabulous ideas. Prioritize what’s important and dump projects that aren’t beneficial to your long-term goals. Stay on task with current projects by storing new ideas in a file folder. Personal Excellence recommends being selective in what you embark on, and budgeting your time and energy accordingly.

5

Downtime — what’s that?

If you can’t remember the last time you took a vacation or enjoyed a date night or a night out with the girls, you are probably long overdue for some quality time with your loved ones and yourself.

Tips: While taking care of everyone else, don’t forget to make yourself a priority, even if it’s just taking 30 minutes to focus on you. Take a walk, read a book, listen to your favorite tunes or just close your eyes and relax. De-stress on the weekends by enjoying a spa day, yoga class, a ladies night or a movie and popcorn night with the family.

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