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8 Telltale Signs You're Doing Too Much

8 Telltale Signs You're Doing Too Much

This is a hectic time of year for most people. The holidays are looming, it's the final quarter of the year, and with daylight savings this weekend we're losing the sunshine to get stuff done. But are you doing too much? 


Here are 8 telltale signs that you might be on overload:


1. Healthy eating is on the back burner.

If you find yourself hitting up the fast food drive-thrus more than a few times a week or cold cereal seems a perfectly acceptable dinner three nights in a row, you might have too much going on. Often one of the first things to go when we're too busy is our healthy eating habits. 


2. Exercise ain't happening.

Along with healthy eating being put on the back burner, so is your exercise routine. You find yourself snoozing through your a.m. alarm and missing your run or driving right past the gym on your way home to eat your Cap'n Crunch in front of the TV. When you start to sacrifice your exercise routine for more sleep or downtime you know your schedule is too packed. 


3. Running late or missing appointments becomes a regular occurrence.

When you find yourself missing appointments or running late for meetings and functions, it's a sign you need to slow it down. This means you're not allowing yourself any buffer time in your day to get where you need to be so it's time to scale back.


4. Forgetting the fun.

Often times when you've got too much going on, you start to lose your flexibility. Where once you could roll with the punches and adapt to changes in your day, you're now marching through your agenda like it's a battlefield and there's no room for spontaneity or fun. Time to get back in touch with your free spirit and lighten up.


5. The mailman notices you're looking worn out. 

I don't know many of us who have a chummy relationship with our mail carrier. So if someone who doesn't know you very well points out that you look a little run down, it's best to listen. When you have strangers and acquaintances picking up on the fact that you're not looking like yourself, it's best to put the brakes on.


6. You haven't baked, knitted, or golfed in weeks.

Fill in the blank regarding your hobby or personal interest. If you haven't engaged in a creative outlet or indulged in a self-care act in a while, chances are you're burning the candle at both ends. The saying goes you need to unplug to recharge and if you're not doing this, your tank is soon to hit empty.


7. You're lashing out at friends and family.

Many times when we're on the go constantly, we can become increasingly irritable and short tempered. If you've noticed more family conflict, you're yelling a lot or being snippy with people you care about, you need to reign it in and reassess your priorities. Is it worth the fighting?


8. Physical ailments keep cropping up.

Headaches, sinus infections, acne flare ups, and stomach problems can mean more than just an off day. If you're frequently getting sick or having more aches and pains, the culprit could be that you're pushing yourself too much. As your body starts to break down from stress and long days you can find yourself up against larger health issues, which is a huge red flag you're taking on too much.


When you push yourself too hard, something has to give. What that something is can be different for each person, but none of it is good. If you notice any of these telltale signs happening to you, please be sure to put the brakes on. Listen to your body. Listen to your mind. Listen to your family. Listen to your colleagues. Heck, listen to the mailman if you have to! 


How do you know when you're doing too much?



Categories: Productivity


  • Great post! I just kept thinking, "Are these signs just for busyness and overwhelm at the holidays? Cause this sounds like my life most of the year!" Thanks for the reminder to be aware of how we are treating ourselves - mind, body and spirit!
    11/12/2017 12:52:04 PM Reply
    • @Liana George: The mind, body, spirit connection is so important anytime of year, not just the holidays! You're so right, Liana.
      11/17/2017 7:19:05 PM Reply
  • When I started reading this, it was, "No, that's not me. No, I don't do that." then I kept reading and a few things really hit home! Thanks for the important reminder to slow down and remember who and what is truly important.
    11/7/2017 6:11:33 AM Reply
    • @Janet Barclay: Glad this was a helpful reminder for you, Janet!
      11/17/2017 7:17:49 PM Reply
  • Yes, yes, yes and yes!!! Did you write this list for me, Sarah? Seriously, as I read it, I kept thinking, "Oh, no!" It's been a particularly stressful and busy time for me. And many of the healthy habits I've developed this past year have one by one dropped out of sight. It's not good. And just as the cumulative positive effects of adding healthy habits has, the cumulative negative effect of dropping them ALSO is evident. I can be very hard on myself, so I try to go easy and take each day at a time. My goal is to do something positive each day in the "healthy habits" arena. And slowly, I will get myself back on track. I'm in a crunch time now and the lack of self-care is showing. Oy.
    11/6/2017 8:51:00 AM Reply
    • @Linda Samuels: I don't think you're alone in this regard, Linda. This is a tough time of year for a lot of folks. I just found myself in a particularly difficult time last week and found myself stress eating by indulging way too much in son's Halloween candy! We ALL have setbacks. Like you said, allow yourself some grace and slowly but surely you'll get back on your A-game!
      11/6/2017 12:24:42 PM Reply
  • When I'm overbooked, I notice that I am inpatient with the people I love most! I once heard that hurry and love are incompatible, and I think there is wisdom here. If I find myself not wanting to take the time to talk with or listen to people I supposedly care about, then my priorities are out of whack. Great post!
    11/4/2017 8:44:11 PM Reply
    • @Seana Turner: I've never heard that hurry/love expression but I definitely think it rings true! Glad that you can recognize your triggers and readjust your priorities when you know you're taking on too much.
      11/5/2017 9:37:46 AM Reply

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