Distraction, Overwhelm, & Self-Care Online

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Recently I happened upon this really helpful list of things to do when you are feeling overwhelmed and want to give up. This document really spoke to me so I shared it on my personal FB page and as of today it has over 91 likes and 205 shares. So, it's clearly something people need.

I have struggled in the past with being really hard on myself and at times not taking care of myself. Self-care has become a big part of my adult life, and I'm often tweaking how I work to be better, kinder, and nicer to myself.

 Feeling overwhelmed online happens to everyone. Here are questions and suggestions to help break the cycle in the moment.

Feeling overwhelmed online happens to everyone. Here are questions and suggestions to help break the cycle in the moment.

I really loved how this list spoke to so many people and that it offers really simple ways to take care of yourself in times of darkness. But what I loved most beyond that is that it encourages you to make your own list and expand on it. With this in mind it prompted me to really think about self-care online and how I can contribute my own list to help you (and remind me) when we're wasting time, clicking around aimlessly, or feeling discouraged and overwhelmed online.

It happens to everyone. I know this because feelings of overwhelm, inadequacies, and distraction are some of the constant threads I see and hear when I coach clients, teach workshops, or simply talk to people about being online. With these thoughts in mind and the above self-care PDF as a template, I created a list to help you. You can view and download it here, or just click on the below image.

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My friend Ashley is a huge self care advocate, and she is really instrumental in helping me to focus on it being at the forefront of how I live every day. I don't always succeed, but that's what is absolutely fantastic about self-care -- you can start over at any point.

I want to make a special mention and thank you to members of my Facebook Group that helped me add to my original list by offering some of their own ways they refocus online.

Did I leave anything out? What would you add? Why don't you create your own list? If you do, leave a link below or tag me on Twitter.

Meighan O'Toole

Always all in.