It is no secret that life can get pretty complicated at times. Some stages are busier than others and at times there will be unexpected stress to deal with. Both of these things can leave us feeling overwhelmed.
When overwhelmed, we cannot function at our best ability. Everyday minor situations suddenly feel like massive challenges and we find ourselves distracted, moody and potentially very emotional.
It does no one any favours to feel this way, so when life becomes overwhelming, there are ways to reduce these feelings and manage the overwhelm.
Take Time Out
Effective at the time overwhelm strikes, but also as a general coping strategy, taking time out is something you should introduce into your daily routine. This time out could be as simple as going for a walk around the block, watching an episode of your favourite television show without distraction, or having a relaxing soak in the bath.
Is there something in particular that is making you feel overwhelmed, or is it a combination of many things? Take some time to pinpoint the areas of your life that are causing you stress right now. Often it is a combination of work, personal life and commitments, but if it is just one thing, it may be quite simple to make changes.
Do not bottle up how you are feeling. Have someone you can open up to and discuss your overwhelm with. They may offer some great alterative solutions, or in the very least, offer an ear to offload to. If you do not have anyone in your personal life you can talk to, there are professional services available instead.
Put You First
If it is a build up of commitments and what feel like obligations to others that is wearing your down, don’t be afraid to say no and take a break. Or if the option is there, ask for help instead. Take the time to put you first and drop back on some of the things going on in your life so you have less to worry about. You will be thankful you did.