Mental Health,Simple Life

What To Do When You’re Overwhelmed: Never Look At The Big Picture

Sometimes everything is just a bit terrible. Tom says that I simply can’t care about everything at once. But what do I choose to care about the most? The plastic in the oceans? Should I convert from vegetarian to vegan to make the world a better place? Syria? Politics in the US (terrible)? Politics here in the UK (terrible)? Can I actually do anything about any of these things and make any kind of difference?
Sometimes, if you look at the big picture, it all gets on top of you. 
But here’s my advice to you, reader: NEVER LOOK AT THE BIG PICTURE
I tell this to my primary school teacher Mum and sister when they start talking about everything they have to do and how it’s basically impossible (which it is). Never look at the big picture. Nothing ever looks good as a big picture. Yes, sometimes it can help to draw yourself away from the tiny thing that has you crying in Tesco (if they don’t have that thing in stock I can’t make what I was going to make so what’s the point of anything) in order to know that it’s not that big a deal. But in general, thinking about everything altogether is only going to drag you under. This is what I have found: instead, try to focus on one thing at a time and find what you can do to make it better. Some problems are huge and some are tiny but you can make a difference to all of them in small ways. 
Here’s a few I have been working on in the last week:
Problem: the sheer quantity on landfill is killing the earth.
Mini Solution: I bought reusable cotton face pads instead of disposable ones. I also bought washable sanitary pads from a lovely lady on ebay who makes them from organic cotton in jaunty fabrics. I have not bought bottled drinks for a month.
Problem: I’m trying to launch a blog and an etsy shop and no one knows who I am in this big scary creative world.
Mini Solution: Join the Chichester Design Collective and go to a social evening.
Problem: Not had a day away from work in 25 days
Mini Solution: Order a Wagamama take away (Yasai Katsu Curry, obvs) and eat with boyfriend on the sofa watching Game of Thrones.
Problem: Feeling overwhelmed and deflated
Mini Solution: Went to my parent’s allotment and watered the plants
Problem: DVD player broke.
Mini solution: Bought new (very cheap) DVD player.
Do you see where I am going with this?
What have you done recently to make a difference to a problem? I’d love to hear your ideas. Nothing is too small to make a difference.

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  1. This is exactly what I needed to read write now! I'm still nowhere near any closer figuring out my own mini solutions, but it made me feel better nonetheless!! Thanks Holly! 🙂

    Just thought of one actually…Eat giant amounts of Mexican food with your ever loving friends?! Sounds good to me!

  2. That sounds like a perfect start! Friends and food are a perfect combination to make things that little bit better

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