Life is a busy, confusing, and often daunting journey. It is not uncommon to feel overwhelmed and helpless as you carve your own path. This can be a taxing experience on both your body and mind. It is important to note that you are not alone in these feelings and that there are ways to get yourself back on top. Everyone has their way of dealing with situations, and there is no one perfect solution to every problem; however, there are ways in which you can take back control and overcome such negative feelings.
Tips for Dealing with Feeling Overwhelmed
1. Identify the issue
Locating where the problem has arisen from is a big step in overcoming the problem. If you are feeling overwhelmed and can’t work out the cause of it, try taking a step back and look at all that is going on. Something might stand out to you as not quite right. Once you’ve found what it is, look at it on a deeper level. This brings us to the next tip;
2. Understanding the problem
With knowledge comes power. Find that issue and put some time into properly understanding it, as once you properly understand it, you will be far better able to solve it. Sometimes it isn’t as straight forward so don’t be afraid to ask for help. We’re all in this life together, and it is easier when we help each other out. Ask family or friends as they might provide insight that could help you better understand your problem.
3. Make a list
When you have a lot of things going on at once, it is easy to feel like you’re lost at sea. Break down your tasks and make a list of things you want to do. Often what seems like a mountain is only a hill. You can even break down your list further making it simpler to follow and reduce large tasks into smaller ones. This also adds to your sense of progress as when you complete a task you can cross it off and watch your list dwindle away.
4. Take a break
Don’t forget to give your mind a rest. It is easy to push yourself and try to be superhuman and get everything done. You need to take a breath and relax a little. Sometimes all you need is a little ‘you’ time, allowing you to come back fresh and reinvigorated.
You’re only human, and it’s important to remember that. Being realistic about what you can do in a given time frame will help you have a more grounded view of the situation. Setting yourself goals and breaking down your tasks can go a long way in helping soothe feelings over being overwhelmed. Utilise your friends and family, take some time for yourself, and give your mind and body a break now and then. You control your journey, and you have the power to change your situation.