When You Feel Scatter-Brained and Stressed

by Rachel Miller

February 11, 2022

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When you have so many different things running through your mind at the same time–the “should do’s,” the “need to do’s” of your life–it can feel like you are being pulled in different directions.


  • It’s easier to worry and stress than to not. What’s hard is choosing to focus only on what is necessary right now. To not let your mind wander freely.

  • Take a moment and write down all the things on your mind. Every single thought, idea, task, or need.

  • Ask yourself:
    • What is essential right now?
    • What tasks and demands can be moved to another time or day, less rushed?
    • Could someone else take care of that task? Are you the only person capable of completing this task? If not, allow someone else to do it.
    • Is it absolutely essential I complete this today? Be open to a change in plans. You might discover that now might not be the best time to complete what you planned.

  • Look at your list:
    • Schedule each item for when and who will do it. Set a day/time to think about those things that require planning.
    • Choose one to three things that are essential for today.
    • Then, cross everything else off your list. Focus only on what is most essential right now, then move on to the next.

  • Each time you have a thought, concern, or worry arise, refer yourself back to the scheduled time and plan: you can make the plan for that event tomorrow morning.

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