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Overload Life Strain

Updated on October 1, 2017
Overload life strain
Overload life strain

Overload Life Strain

Overload, the word itself is loaded. Loaded with limitless questions and possibilities. Most of the time it describes everyone’s life, in one way or another. Everyone is busy and when they aren’t they feel like they need to be or else they don’t feel like they are living their lives. At least that is what I feel, but I have to say I love taking a break too. I have found over the last couple months I have been so busy that I haven’t had a chance to breathe. I am sure most people can agree that they have felt the same way at one or more points in their lives. We jam pack our lives, and our everyday to doing things that we think will make either our lives better make us happier or make the people around us happier. The limitless amounts of things that we pack into our days and our lives, is it really necessary? That is where the loaded questions come in.

Everyone has heard the term sensory overload. My question is does that apply to everyday life when it comes to the limitless things that each and every one of us has on our plates? I would say that it does apply because since we are trying to do a limitless amount of things at once, and overloading our brains with everything we are not usually doing one thing at once, we are doing two or more things at once in order to get everything done.

Do we overload our days and our nights in order to fit everything in? An example, of this, would be having to run a household, and make sure the kids are taken where they need to be all the time. Where is the time for yourself? You are always going whether it be to work, taking the kids from point A to point B. All these things can overload your brain and your life to the point where when you stop, you feel as though you need to be doing things.

So we overload our lives with things that need doing, then when we crash or get sick we wonder why. We can’t keep going limitlessly, we all need a break. Things can be limitless, but we also need to take into a count our bodies and minds. We can’t always be overloaded with things to do because if we are we will burn ourselves out. Then we won’t want to do anything and that includes taking care of ourselves which we can’t ever stop doing.

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Is Life Straining Sometimes?

Have you ever thought about what you do in a week or in a day, or in a month, and said to yourself, “I really should take a break”, but you never take a break do you? No, because we feel as though if we take a break we are going to be bored, and not know what to do with ourselves. So we decided to get up and go somewhere to do something, then come home and complain about it later saying “ I am always so busy doing limitless amounts of things I wish I could just stay home and relax.” My solution to that statement is, stay home and relax then, instead of saying you wish you could why don’t you just do it”? I know people are probably thinking easier said than done, it is but you have to prioritize.

Our lives are always going to be overloaded because nobody ever likes doing anything, so everyone is always doing things just to keep themselves busy. Which means we are overloaded with limitless things to do, and in order to fit all those limitless things into our overloaded lives, we have to prioritize. I don’t just mean telling yourself what you have to do, either. I mean figuring out what in your overloaded life, has to be done first, second and third. Write a list and go by that list or remind yourself, what has to be done slowly. Tell yourself, step by step what you plan on doing on a specific day, instead of just going with the flow.

You can go with the flow of things sometimes, but not all the time. The reason is if you don’t have an idea of what you need to do in your day or your life and you just go with the flow you will be overloaded with things. Some of which you might not actually have to do you are doing them to do them, in a limitless motion and then you will crash and burn yourself, out. That is what overloading yourself does, it makes you crash and burn out because we weren’t meant to always keep going. We were meant to take breaks and relax. If you overload your life with things to do all the time, things will slip like your health because you are focusing too much on what is going on around you versus what takes precedence in your life like your health, family and friends and relaxation. If you overload yourself, with everything else, you are going to forget these specific things and drive yourself crazy. I have done it and that is something about myself that I am trying to change.

I have found over the last couple of weeks that if I plan out my days and do what I have planned I don't feel so limitlessly overloaded. The plan is detailed enough so that I am looking at each thing I have to do in little increments instead of the big picture. I take one thing and break it down into sections and do one section at a time instead of looking at the limitless picture and saying I have so much to do when I do that I feel overloaded and nothing ever seems to get done. It is as if I have bitten off more than I can chew and that is why I try and write a list and go by that. Sure the list might be limitlessly long but with a list, you can remove things once they are done and that makes me feel so much better.

How Can Life Be Overloaded?

Life can be so overloaded that we feel as though we can't breathe. Which is what puts a limitless strain on us. In order to get through it, we have to organize our lives better, for example, write lists and follow them, to the end in order to feel accomplished and relaxed. Life can always be overloaded and strained because we don't know how to slow down and take breaks, we always think that we need to be doing something even though we don't we are allowed to just do nothing. We just have to remember this.


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      Louise Barraco 15 months ago from Ontario

      Yes that is true

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      Lawrence Hebb 15 months ago

      My Dad used to say "There's two things money can't buy, health and happiness!"

      If you're 'overloaded' you're going to lose both sooner rather than later!



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      Louise Barraco 16 months ago from Ontario

      That's for the comment it is very true

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      Denise W Anderson 16 months ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      Burnout is no fun! I have been there and done that! The suggestions you have made a valid, and we all need to remember that people are more important than things. Time is really all we have. One day it will run out, and we will realize then what is really important!

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      Louise Barraco 16 months ago from Ontario

      Thanks for the comment Bill

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad to hear you are trying to change things. We all need quiet times when we do nothing. I think it is vitally important for our health.