Who is this post for?
If you’re a mom who feels super overwhelmed, stretched way too thin and just feel like your head is spinning, this post is for you! Annnnd, you don’t have to worry anymore about the overwhelm, ok? I got you covered! Introducing… Brain Dump to Beat Overwhelm!
Today I’m going to teach you step-by-step how to beat overwhelm as a stressed out mom. How to stop your head from spinning and actually feel in control of your thoughts. Stay tuned!
Hey Ladies! I’m Lacey Busse – a busy, working mom. I’ve got two kids and I created Working Moms Reduce Stress because I love teaching other moms how to alleviate stress. I want to teach you how to slow down, be able to enjoy your time with your family AND carve out time for yourself.
So… If you want to feel less stressed, have more mental energy and just feel that fog be lifted from your brain, make sure you drop your name & email by clicking below. I have so many tips and tricks that you were not going to want to miss. I’ll send you a quick little email with the latest stress relief tips!
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How will these steps help you alleviate stress?
They will take you from feeling scattered to feeling focused.
When I feel overwhelmed, I’ve got umpteen million things flying around in my head and I can’t focus on anything. When I can’t focus on something, I feel really stressed out. If I can organize my thoughts and actually focus on one thing at a time, my stress level drops like crazy and I feel so much better.
I go from feeling scatterbrained and defeated to feeling peaceful, focused and totally capable!
“I can conquer the world!!!” 🙂
So, with these steps to beat overwhelm, I’m going to walk you through exactly how to organize your thoughts! I love teaching you step-by-step because I know when I’m overwhelmed, I think, “Oh hey! I could write out a to-do list!” But even thinking about writing that to-do list is overwhelming to me.
It’s a vicious cycle, so we are going to break that cycle with these 3 simple “Brain Dump to Beat Overwhelm” steps!
Brain Dump to Beat Overwhelm!
Step #1 The Brain Dump!
1. Grab a blank sheet of paper and a fun colored pen. If you like black pens, that’s fine but I’m totally a color girl. 🙂
I actually have Pilot Frixion pens that are erasable and they are ahhhmazing! PaperMate Flair come in a close second for me because they come in super-fun colors and they don’t bleed through the paper!
2. Write “Brain Dump” at the top of the paper and you’re all set to do your massive brain dump.
Side Note: I thought that phrase was really weird when I first heard it – I kind of pictured my brain actually pooping… Haha! Anyone else think that? No? Just me? Ok then… Any who… 🙂
3. Take everything that’s in your head and dump it all out on the paper. Write it all out. As quickly as it pops up in your head, it flows right out onto the paper.
PRO TIP: Don’t worry about it being organized at all at this point. Just write it all out.
Examples of what might be flying around in your mind:
- Groceries that you need
- Thoughts about what you feel like you’re failing at
- Something that you feel like you rocked at
- Your son’s baseball games, daughter’s dance classes, doctor appointments, banquets
- “Oh, crap I forgot to do this, this and this!”
Step #2 – Organize Your Brain Dump
This is where you get to take your sheet of paper (and your brain) from a scattered mess to organized lists!
1. Grab another blank sheet of paper and your fun colored pen.
2. Write “Brain Dump – Organized” at the top of it.
PRO TIP: DON’T SKIP TO THIS STEP AND DO IT FIRST OR SIMULTANEOUSLY. Sorry for the all caps, but it’s seriously that important. Once you have all of your thoughts written down on your Brain Dump sheet, then you can start to organize all of it.
3. Make titles for your organized lists.
Examples that might work for you:
- Grocery List
- Journal Prompts (where you would put failures/successes)
- Events to Put on Calendar
- To-Do List
4. Pull all of your thoughts into the proper list:
- “Need to get bananas” & “don’t forget milk” go into the Grocery List.
- What you feel like you’re failing at/rocked at go into the Journal Prompts.
- Your appointments, son’s baseball games, daughter’s dance classes, husband’s firefighter banquet go into the Events to Put on Calendar.
- “Oh crap, I forgot to do this, this and this”… those all go into the To-Do List. 🙂
When it comes to To-Do List tips, step #3 is absolutely crucial in your quest to alleviate stress…
Step #3 – Learn the RIGHT Way to Make a To-Do List
There are probably a TON of “to-do’s” on your To-Do List that just made. That’s totally normal, but HOW you tackle those to-do’s is crucial to your sanity and happiness as a mom.
Next week’s blog post is an amazing one that is filled with great to-do list tips.
I bet you can relate to this…
I am the queen of putting 14 million things on my to do list and then I only get 13 million done and I feel like crap about myself. I’m sure you can probably relate to that, so make sure that you subscribe to my email list so that I can send you a quick email when that blog post is up on my site!
SUPER COOL FREEBIE ALERT!!!
I have theeee most amazing freebie for you guys!!!
Usually what I love to do is give you a PDF worksheet that helps you to implement what I teach you in these weekly posts.
However, for this post I have an extra special freebie for you! Click on this image to check it out!
For this extra special freebie, I have prepared a Priorities Mini-Workshop for you!
When you are creating your to-do list, I know how hard it is to try to prioritize. Trying to figure out not only what tasks to do first, but assessing those tasks against your values in your life.
- What do we actually want to make time for?
- What can just fall to the wayside?
So sign up for this mini-workshop TODAY! It’s completely free. Annnnd completely helpful! 🙂
What will you get in the online workshop?
- #1: Getting CLEAR on who & what is important to you
- #2: Finding TIME for who & what is important to you
- #3: Saying YES to who & what is important to you
You are going to gain so much value and so much clarity. It’s really going to help you to decrease your stress because when you live with an alignment with your priorities, it feels amazing!
I’m so excited to see you in the mini-workshop!
What have you accomplished today through these steps?
You’ve effectively BEAT the OVERWHELM by doing an effective BRAIN DUMP! Yay!!!
Here’s a little recap for you…
1. You’ve done your brain dump, so all thoughts are now out of your brain. Remember, you don’t have to think about those things anymore.
2. You’ve created organized lists of those thoughts.
3. You’ve signed up for the FREE Priorities Mini-Workshop where you’re going to gain so much clarity and stress relief because you’ll be living in alignment with your priorities!
Share this post with your fellow stressed out moms!
PIN IT, Facebook it, Email it, Text it… However you can get this into her hands. We all need as much help as we can get! I want to help as many people reduce stress as I possibly can.
See you in the Priorities Mini-Workshop!
~ Lacey ~