Feeling overwhelmed is a common experience. But, how can you deal with overwhelm in a healthy way so it does not stop you achieving your goals?
Right now I have so much going on in my life and I’m trying to deal with my overwhelm in a healthy way. My youngest son is applying for University, our mortgage is up for renewal and I’m getting my head around all the aspects of running my own business. Overwhelm overload!
We all have too much on our plates sometimes, and it can be difficult to cope with the stress and pressure that brings on the feelings of overwhelm.
So, what are the key factors of overwhelm and how can we really deal with it in the most healthiest way?
I took a step back from all that’s going on in my life and tried to identity why I was feeling such overwhelm. Check out my video below and continue reading as I identify the four factors of my overwhelm and what I’m doing to combat it.
Let me know in the comments box if you can relate to anything I share.
Too much stress. When we have too much on our plates, whether it’s work, school, family, or personal obligations, it can start to feel like too much. This can lead to feelings of overwhelm, anxiety, and depression.
Lack of control. When we feel like we don’t have control over our lives, it can also lead to feelings of overwhelm. This can happen for a variety of reasons, such as when we’re dealing with a difficult situation at work, a health crisis, or a major life change.
Perfectionism. Perfectionists often set unrealistic expectations for themselves, which can lead to feelings of overwhelm. When they’re unable to meet their own high standards, they may feel like they’re failing and give up altogether.
Negative self-talk. The way we talk to ourselves can have a big impact on how we feel. If we’re constantly putting ourselves down, criticising ourselves, and telling ourselves that we’re not good enough, it’s no wonder we’re going to feel overwhelmed.
All the feelings above have contributed to my current state of overwhelm. Click the video below to find out more.
Other factors that can contribute to feeling overwhelmed include:
Major life changes: Any major life change, such as moving, getting married, or having a child, can be stressful and overwhelming.
Financial problems: Financial stress is a common trigger for overwhelm.
Health problems: Dealing with chronic illness or a serious illness can be physically and emotionally draining, and can lead to feelings of overwhelm.
Mental health conditions: Mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD can also contribute to feelings of overwhelm.
TIPS TO DEAL WITH OVERWHELM
Identify your stressors. The first step to coping with overwhelm is to identify what’s causing it. Once you know what your stressors are, you can start to develop strategies for dealing with them.
Set realistic expectations. Don’t try to be perfect or do too much at once. Set realistic goals for yourself and break down large tasks into smaller, more manageable steps.
Take breaks. It’s important to take breaks throughout the day, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Get up and move around, or do something that you enjoy.
Ask for help. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from friends, family, or colleagues. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, it’s important to have people to support you.
Take care of yourself. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep, eating healthy foods, and exercising regularly. Taking care of your physical and mental health will help you better cope with stress and overwhelm.
Practicing mindfulness. Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention to the present moment without judgment. It can be helpful for reducing stress and overwhelm. There are many different ways to practice mindfulness, such as meditation, yoga, and simply taking a few minutes each day to focus on your breath.
Connecting with nature. Spending time in nature has been shown to have a number of benefits for mental health, including reducing stress and anxiety. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, try taking a walk in the park, sitting by a river, or hiking in the woods.
Doing something you enjoy. When you’re feeling overwhelmed, it’s important to take some time for yourself to do something you enjoy. This could be anything from reading a book to taking a bath to watching your favourite TV show. Taking some time for yourself can help you to relax and de-stress.
HOW DO YOU FEEL NOW?
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, remember that you’re not alone. Everyone feels overwhelmed from time to time. There are things you can do to cope, and there are people and resources available to help you.
And don’t forget – If you’re struggling to cope with overwhelm on your own, don’t be afraid to seek professional help. A qualified therapist can teach you coping skills and help you develop a plan for managing your stress.
Let me know in the comments below if you’re feeling overwhelmed and which of the tips I’ve shared you will try to implement today.