Sometimes, circumstances pile up in life to the point where we are stressed out and exhausted—also known as being overwhelmed. When you are overwhelmed, your quality of life diminishes. Such feelings may result from a variety of situations in life. There are some things that you can do to lessen these feelings.
Why Do People Feel this way?
People feel overwhelmed because of many reasons. Situations such as busy schedules, tough decisions, being abused, hard work, and a strain on resources can overwhelm people. Relationships, grades, finances, deaths of loved ones, personal trauma, a lack of sleep, time constraints, and interpersonal relations can also overwhelm people.
How Do these Feelings Come Out?
Feelings of being overwhelmed come out as anxiety, depression, helplessness, anger, guilt, fear, and stress. These feelings may, in turn, lead a person to act irrational, sad, or mean. A person’s behavior may change as a result of feeling overwhelmed. It is very easy to misinterpret a person’s behavior as being a result of some other issue.
How To Stop Feeling Overwhelmed all the time
It is hard to get out of the rut of being overwhelmed and burned out. However, there are a variety of things that you can do to feel better. For example, you should live in the moment and take things one day at a time. Worrying about what you will do tomorrow or next week will not do you any good today. Just do what you have to do today, and do not fret about the past or the future. It is without a doubt that the future is important. However, worrying about it or overthinking it in the moment isn’t going to allow you to accomplish anything.
You should also try to meditate and/or pray. Even sitting down for five minutes in meditation or prayer can do wonders for your day. Your mediation/prayer session can consist of anything. If you are into a particular religion, you can say a prayer from that religion. If you don’t subscribe to any religion and/or aren’t comfortable with reciting religious prayers, you can make up prayers in accordance to your own philosophy and beliefs. If you want to meditate/pray in a secular manner, you can just say something calming to yourself.
2. learn to Say No
Saying no to things can also keep you from feeling overwhelmed. Committing yourself to something involves putting time aside for that and taking time away from something else. That thing that you are taking time away from could be your alone time, your sleep time, or time that you use to participate in a particular activity or hobby. This is why you should think long and hard about saying yes or committing to something. Do not be afraid of seeming heartless or lazy by saying no.
3. Tone your feelings down
Another way to not be overwhelmed, or to tone down feelings of being overwhelmed, is to take breaks. Of course, do not quit what you are doing entirely. However, once you find yourself getting hungry, tired, or less productive, it may be worthwhile to take a breather. Things like stretching, eating a meal (though don’t use food as a crutch), exercising or doing some other kind of activity can help.
You can’t calm the storm, so stop trying. What you can do is calm yourself. The storm will pass.” – Timber Hawkeye
4. Talk to someone
Talking to a trusted friend, family, or professional can relieve you of overwhelm. Keeping your feelings bottled up can make them even worse. Putting things into words helps to rationalize thoughts. It is much better to talk to someone about your problems than to keep them to yourself. It may be beneficial to hear what another has to say concerning the personal issues that are overwhelming you.
5. Watch your thoughts
Sometimes, the feeling of overwhelm results from having a certain mindset that is toxic. Thinking of things in a certain way can lead to anxiety and ruminations that overwhelm. You have to ask yourself whether your thoughts are rational or not. Are your thoughts serving any purpose? Are they leading you down a productive road, or are they leading to more negative feelings? Talking to a loved one or professional may help you to figure out whether you have toxic thoughts.
Getting sleep is also something that can keep you from feeling overwhelmed. Make sure to set a proper bedtime so that you have enough hours to sleep. Inspect your sleep space to see whether any uncomfortable features will hinder you from getting a good night’s sleep. Do not consume caffeine or sugar too close to your bedtime because you will have a difficult time falling asleep. It is also a good idea to not look at screens on devices such as phones and television sets.
7. Eat the right foods
Another vital component of keeping yourself from feeling overwhelmed is nourishing your body with food. Do not let your nutrition go by the wayside. Make sure that you eat balanced meals and avoid junk food. Eat plenty of leafy green vegetables, as well as other types of veggies. There are times when you may think that you don’t need to eat because you are not hungry, or you are tempted not to eat food. Make yourself consume proper nutrition, whether you feel like it or not.
8. Try Deep breathing
Deep breathing is also something that you can do not to feel overwhelmed. It triggers a response of relaxation in the body. Also, when you breathe deeply, it is hard to think about anything else but your breathing.
“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” – Amit Ray
9. Figure out the cause
Sometimes, being overwhelmed is a symptom of some other issue that a person has. For example, being overwhelmed may come out of anxiety or depression. Those issues, in turn, may have come out of some other circumstance that is bothering you. You should figure out what your underlying problems are.
In conclusion, the feeling of overwhelm is something that can result from a variety of stressful life circumstances. However, there are plenty of things that you can do to lessen or prevent yourself from feeling overwhelmed. These things include getting enough sleep, taking care of one’s nutrition, changing a toxic mindset, taking breaks, living life one day at a time, and meditating/praying.