I am a list-maker. I make lists for everything, things I have to do, things I wish I could do, things that had to be done yesterday, and things that I forgot to do. I have lots of lists and they are in lots of notebooks in both my office and at my house.

I always thought that keeping lists would help me keep my stress down. I could keep track of everything I have to do, nothing would slip my mind or get lost in the craziness of the day. It's not really working out that way for me.

Have you ever had so many things to do that you aren't even sure where your list should begin and which items should be at the top? Everyone thinks that what they need you to do is the most important thing, and that doesn't just mean your job, we all have friends and family like that too.

How do you handle this? Do you make everyone take a number and stand in line, figuratively speaking, or can you block out all the stuff and just keep track of the really important things. I have to say, and I am embarrassed to admit this, that lately I am feeling really overwhelmed.

Maybe it's all been piling up since my knee replacement in April, when there were so many things I couldn't do and now that I am getting around better I want to finish everything right now. I'm kind of lost. Have you ever felt overwhelmed? How do you deal with that?

I am trying to take deep breaths, and just let the stress go, but that's not that easy to do. If you have any tips and tricks on how to manage stress, I would love to hear from you and who knows, you might also help a lot of other folks out too.

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