Never underestimate both the power of positive thinking and the power of words. Negative language is like extra-adhesive tar in the active lifestyle, it gets stuck to everything until productivity and positivity grinds to a slow halt. If you’re the kind of person that is prone to feeling overwhelmed, you don’t need this kind of delay in your life.
Writing for The Muse, Lea McLeod talks about how our incessant vocalising of feeling like there’s too much on our plate inflates the workload without us even realising.
When you use negative language to describe anything at work or at home, you create a “self-fulfilling prophecy” wherein “we strike to validate our perceptions of reality”. For example, you might feel like your manager is giving you too many tasks to do so the moment they ask you for one small thing, it feels like the straw that broke the camel’s back.
Of course you’ll never be able to rid all negativity from your life or the feeling of being overwhelmed; for every light there must be shadow. But, try your best to identify these three ‘overwhelmed’ phrases and cut them out of your life.
1. “I’m so busy”
Everyone is busy, saying that you are is kind of redundant. For some reason people romanticise the idea of having more to do than everyone else in the same way they used to think doing ‘all-nighters’ at university was well cool.
2. “I don’t have time for that”
You don’t own time, you narcissistic lunatic. Time has its own agenda and it’s your job to make the most of it. If you don’t have time it’s because you’re not making enough time!
3. “I’m swamped”
Sign up for the newsletter
Get news, competitions and special offers direct to your inbox
“Swamped” is just a colourful way of saying “I have enough on my plate to give a valid excuse not to do what you’re asking me to say”. Swamped isn’t the same as being truly overwhelmed, you’re exaggerating the workload with this particular phrase. It also sounds like you don’t know how to manage your work properly.