5 Methods of Dealing With Overwhelm

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Feeling overwhelmed seems to come with the territory of making any major change in life and pursing any major calling. As we know, the Actuarial Journey is a marathon, not a sprint, and sometimes the volume of what we need to do for work, fitness, family, and fun can feel a bit much.

It happens to us all along our journey, whether you’re applying for an actuarial job, studying for an SOA/CAS exam, working for as an actuary in insurance/consulting, or pursing a career change to actuarial work. Today’s episode, I share an experience where I felt that way and the 5 steps I typically take when dealing with overwhelm.

5 Method of Dealing with Overwhelm

Destination of Today’s Journey

After this episode, you’ll be able to:

  • Discover 5 methods that you can employ to deal with a feeling of overwhelm
  • Choose ONE of those steps to implement the next time you are feeling overwhelmed
Compass: Guiding Quote for Success

“The battle begins anew everyday.” – Stephen Pressfield, author of the Legend of Bagger Vance and the War of Art and L

Milestones: Highlights of the session
  • 5 methods for dealing with a feeling of overwhelm
    1. Meditate
    2. Start with you – Keep up sleep/exercise/breakfast
    3. Express it in whatever way is best for your style (talking, writing, drawing, activity)
    4. Get perspective on the situation and re-evaluate
    5. DO THE WORK!
Toolkit: Useful Resources
  • The War of Art by Steven Pressfield goes deep into the root causes of what keeps you from achieving your goals. Often when I am feeling overwhelmed, I return and give this book another read. Get the physical or Kindle book on Amazon by clicking here.
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  • Tony Richmond II

    Another great episode! Whenever I start to feel overwhelmed, I take some time to make a list. Sometimes just writing down everything that is weighing me down is enough to make them “mortal”. Other times, it’s just the first step in prioritizing them. Once I match my priorities to my list, it helps to make me more efficient.

    The biggest help to getting past the overwhelm, though, is realizing that I DON’T HAVE TO do everything on the list! Some things can be ‘delegated to the floor’. Other things can be shared. Can’t get studying done and get dinner ready? Order in, or talk to a friend you can take turns cooking with…30 minutes earned back. Kids rowdy because they want to play? Take them to a bounce house or playground. They’ll be busy for hours and you can get in some study time. Laundry keep piling up? Try a laundromat where you can run 5 machines at once and be done in 90 minutes (and get in some study time).

    Correspondence backing up? Reschedule it, two weeks out, to get some breathing room. Have to clean the house? Consider hiring a pro. They can come in for a one-time shot for a reasonable fee.
    A lot of our overwhelm is because we take too much on ourselves. Since Actuaries run teams of people, it’s better to learn early how to focus on the responsibilities that drive our goals forward, and reschedule or delegate/negotiate the other stuff to people who can better handle it.

    • ActuarialJourney

      I’m right there with you on both accounts – Setting the PRIORITIES and DELEGATING! I think those are some of the biggest things to nail down because they not only help when in overwhelm mode, but if you can use these tools more often, they can help avoid getting into that overwhelm position to start out with!