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What to do to stop feeling overwhelmed

August 10, 2016 Productivity

Do you feel that your strength is at the limit, and the work has not been going well for a long time? Find out why this happens and what to do to correct the situation and enjoy life again.

You have a lot of things to do, but critically little time to complete them. Too many people want you to pay attention to them, but you can't because you're always in a hurry somewhere. You don’t understand how you can do everything on time, and even so that there is time for your personal life. Common situation? nine0003

At the dawn of the digital age, we firmly believed that gadgets would make our lives easier and less stressful in many ways. It seems like we've never been so wrong.

We have started working much harder than before and we can't stop even if we really want to: smartphones, Skype, instant messengers and e-mail have become an integral part of modern life. Yes, and colleagues from different time zones who want to be in touch around the clock. We are stuck at work. It is not at all surprising that with such a frantic pace of life, we often feel unwell. nine0003

Reasons why people feel overwhelmed

Sometimes it can be quite difficult to understand what exactly caused your depression. It seems like it all came crashing down at once. But think about this: fatigue is just a feeling that will pass sooner or later, you just need to identify what caused it and eliminate the cause.

Here is a short list of the most common causes of depression.

  • Someone is constantly taking advantage of you, and you don't know how to handle the situation and get rid of unpleasant obligations. nine0022
  • You are very much afraid that you will get into a compromising situation and will not be able to get out of it with dignity.
  • You are too responsible and are afraid to admit to yourself that you are no longer able to deal with the accumulated problems on your own.
  • You do not understand what you are asked to do, but you are afraid to confess, and this weighs on you.

What to do if everything went wrong

When it seems to you that everything in the world is infinitely sad and hopelessly bad, it is quite natural that you begin to feel the same way. Being depressed and tired from time to time is absolutely normal, but if this condition has become your constant companion, then you need to take appropriate measures. nine0003

  • Understand the real reason for your bad condition. What really upsets you? Or who?
  • Think about what you can change. Look at the problem realistically, honestly evaluate whether the situation can be turned around for the better, and do whatever is necessary to do so.
  • Make a plan. Draft a to-do list of several items that will help solve the problem. Commit changes as you go. Feel free to ask for help. nine0022

It also happens that you are simply unable to influence the current situation. Then you just need to accept it. Yes, it is not easy, but it makes a valuable contribution to the treasury of your life experience.

Done with the general advice. Let's move on to specific actions that you need to perform daily in order to feel much better.

1. Delegate

Do only what you are really good at. Sometimes people take on extra tasks just because they're easy enough, done quickly, and don't require a lot of effort. Sometimes - because of distrust of other people or because they believe that no one else is able to cope with them. Sometimes it's just out of habit. nine0003

All these tasks can easily be delegated to someone else so that you no longer feel like a loaded donkey. Ask yourself: Am I really the only person who can do this? In most cases, the answer will be no.

2. Question

Too often we do things just because we have to, or because we always did them. But are they really necessary? It is quite possible that we regularly spend a lot of time on absolutely useless activities. To stop wasting precious minutes, ask yourself two questions: Do I really have to complete this task? Will anything change if I don't do it? If both answers are negative, feel free to cross this item off your to-do list. nine0003

3. Take breaks

Find time to take a break. No matter how busy your schedule is, it is quite possible to allocate at least 15 minutes in it. This time will be enough for your brain to take a break and start working much more efficiently.

Imagine that these 15 minutes are the kind of mini-vacation you miss so much. Close your eyes for a couple of minutes and allow yourself to relax a little. And then, as if from the outside, try to look at the problem that worries you. We assure you, a solution will definitely be found. nine0003

4. Ask for help

When we feel overwhelmed and overwhelmed, we need support more than ever. For her, we turn to friends, family and even colleagues. Complaining about life within reasonable limits is perfectly acceptable, but know the measure: if you start constantly telling everyone about how difficult it is for you, you will achieve exactly the opposite effect. You don't need a reputation as a whiner, do you?

It is often helpful to look at a situation through the eyes of another person. nine0003

Tell someone about your concerns and ask for advice. Ask how your interlocutor would act in a similar situation and what actions he would take. Sometimes a fresh look helps to find rather unexpected ways out of a critical situation. And in general, maybe you are winding yourself up in vain and the problem is not as terrible as it seems?

5. Learn to refuse

Assess your abilities adequately: if you cannot cope with a large amount of work on your own, do not burden yourself with things just because it is inconvenient for you to refuse. Set reasonable boundaries and learn how to finally say the word "no". Every time before agreeing to something, think twice whether you can really cope with the obligations entrusted to you. nine0003

Don't know how to politely refuse? Be diplomatic. If your requester is a boss or an important client, try saying things like, “This is going to be pretty difficult given our current priorities. Let's try to find other ways to solve the problem?

6. Think about the people closest to you

If you can't cope with the growing tension, think about your closest people and how they would support you if they suddenly happened to be nearby. Instead of worrying about what a new colleague or some unfamiliar person will think of you, it’s better to remember those whose opinion you really value. This will give you the strength you need right now. nine0003

Evelyn Waugh - I feel deeply depressed and unhappy. From diaries 1911-1965 read online

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Evelyn Waugh

I feel deeply depressed and unhappy. From the diaries 1911-1965

Portrait of a satirist in the interior

By analogy with the genre of "novel in letters", this book could be called a "novel-diary". A novel centered on – to use the title of a famous book by James Joyce – a portrait of the artist in his younger years. And in the "old", however, too. An artist - in the literal sense, and not only figuratively: since childhood, Evelyn Waugh was an excellent painter, all his life he was interested in painting and architecture, he was good at both. nine0003

Starts keeping a diary very early - from elementary school, and keeps it - sometimes with significant, sometimes many years, breaks - all his life, almost until his death. However, diaries were kept regularly, perhaps, only until September 1939, before the outbreak of World War II, in which the writer, by the way, actively participates in various capacities.

A diary is always a portrait in an interior. It happens that the interior - the environment, the era - push the portrait into the background: the diary of Lydia Chukovskaya, the Goncourt brothers. In Evelyn Waugh, the era does not constitute a portrait of competition, but the environment plays a very significant role in his diaries. Many of the writer's entourage move from the pages of his diary entries to the pages of his own books: those who read Evelyn Waugh recognize the writer's close school and Oxford friends, social friends, drinking buddies, girlfriends, fellow writers, casual acquaintances and literary, theatrical and political celebrities of the prototypes his satirical characters. But the era is hardly visible: the historical events of the first sixty years of the twentieth century, minus the Second World War, are said in passing, in passing. There is not a word in the Diaries about the Russian Revolution, the Great Depression, almost nothing about Hitler's rise to power, the Cold War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Berlin Wall. nine0003

Who is looking at us from the portrait? The man is certainly gifted, but humanly not very attractive. Snob: always boasted of good relations with aristocratic families. As befits a satirist, a misanthrope: “There is no worse school than Heath Mount in all of England”, “Monsterously boring”, “Today is a completely empty day”, “This Christmas is a complete disappointment”, “I feel deeply depressed and unhappy” , "The week turned out to be worse than ever." Sybarite, egoist, gourmet. Touchy, irritable, capricious, dismissive, suffers from sudden mood swings. He is well versed in literature and painting, and no worse in people, most of whom, frankly, do not favor blacks and Jews in particular. Yes, and he is rarely satisfied with himself - however, he usually praises his compositions. At the same time, he is infantile, loves to make plans for the future, give himself a “strong”, but rarely fulfilled vow: “From today I stop drinking”, “I stop taking sleeping pills for Easter”, “From next month I start writing differently”. He doesn’t get along well with people (though, if he does, then for a long time), he is not close either to his parents or, even more so, to his brother, just like he is a writer, even his own children will annoy him. nine0003

A typical Englishman, Even as a schoolboy, he is not inclined to be frank, strictly, in the British way, observes the laws of self-control and restraint: a well-known case, "the house of an Englishman is his fortress." His inner world is hidden behind the outer world. Feelings, emotional and philosophical attitude, views on politics, literature, religion, and everything that is commonly called "personal life", "creative laboratory", in his diaries, as a rule, are sealed. Unlike the hero of Turgenev's Diary of a Superfluous Man, the hero of Vo's Diaries rarely "goes into speculation." Of all the feelings carefully hidden from the reader (and possibly from himself), the only exception is a sense of humor - often "black". That's what the author of "Vile Flesh" and "A Handful of Dust" is always ready to "share". nine0003

This ironic attitude towards oneself and the world (more towards the world, less towards oneself) seems to be the main merit of Evelyn Waugh's Diaries.

You can't always recognize his creative style from a writer's diary. But the satirist Evelyn Waugh is recognizable in his diaries. Reading tight, dry notes, often similar to a business report, a brief summary of events, whether it is a description of student revelry, or the dull everyday life of a school teacher, or the everyday life of an intelligence officer no less dull located in the rear, or wanderings in the jungle of Guiana, or a church service : having converted to Catholicism, Waugh regularly, wherever he was, went to mass, to communion - the reader will follow how the writer's satirical method is formed. He will see sketches, “blanks” for the collisions of his novels. He will discover in the life of the author of diaries, in the life of the “golden” metropolitan youth of the 30s, absurdly hopeless situations from which the plots of Vo’s early books are woven. He learns what is best conveyed by the English word vortex (whirlpool, chaos) and what is the distinguishing feature of both the life of the young restless Waugh and the poetics of his early books, inhabited, after the Diaries of the 20-60s, by “twilight people”, like named his first novel by Waugh's contemporary and friend, another well-known British satirist, Anthony Powell. And not so much twilight people as caricatures of them. Posted March 15, 1920. Waugh writes: "If my caricatures continue to be so popular, then we must ... take caricature seriously." He got busy. And it turned out well.

In Russian The diaries of Evelyn Waugh are printed with some abbreviations. The first publication of fragments from the diaries (20-30 years) - in the journal "Foreign Literature" (No. 2, 2013) A. Livergant

Heath Mount School [1]

September, 1911

My Story

My name is Evelyn Waugh I go to Heath Mount School I am in the fifth grade our homeroom tutor Mr Stebbing. We all hate Mr. Cooper, our mathematician. Today is my day of the winter semester, and my fourth. Today is christening paetamu I'm not at school. On Sundays, we always have sausages for breakfast. I watch Lucy fry them when they're raw and they have an awfully funny vit. Dad is a publisher, he goes to Chapman and Hall, a place that's awfully boring. I'm going to church. Alec my older brother just went to Sherborne. A strong wind is blowing. I'm afraid that when I go to church I'll get sick. But I didn't get sick. nine0003

August 18, 1914


They rode under bridges guarded by sentries in booths until they reached Reading, and there was not a single sentry there.

Baht The trip would have been a success if not for the drunk in our compartment: he exchanged some strange signs with his son. We got off the train and went to the Roman baths, where we had a great time. The guide who took us around the city turned out to be a big donkey, dad [2] and I didn’t follow him, we decided that we’d better look at the guide, and not at this blockhead.

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