How to Overcome Feeling Overwhelmed

Everyone gets overwhelmed from time to time, but we can all get through it. Sometimes it can be hard to remember that we’ve made it through other hard times when we had thought we wouldn’t. Overcome feeling overwhelmed with a few quick tips!

Well, I’m back on the blog. The past few weeks of my life have been pretty tough. I moved out of college, my dog died, my car also died so I no longer have a car, and I haven’t been blogging. I’ve been feeling overwhelmed and feeling like life is just hitting me in the face. I also have been trying to figure out work situations, my boyfriend and I started a long distance relationship, and I have a to-do list drowning me.

Whenever I feel like life is overwhelming me, I lose motivation to do anything that needs to be done. It can be hard to get back on track and overcome it. Here is what I do and try to remember whenever I feel stressed and overwhelmed:

Start by taking a breath

Life can suck sometimes and it can cause you to be stressed out and overwhelmed. BREATHE. Take a nice long deep breath and change your attitude. You should feel confident and strong that you can overcome your life!

Calm down to relieve some stress

I know you’re stressed & overwhelmed, thats more than likely why you are reading this! Take time to yourself, think good thoughts, get a goodnight’s rest, take a bubble bath, or listen to some calming music. Do what you need to do to calm yourself down and relax. Relieve the stress and put yourself in a good mindset. Also, check out my post on some self care tips to relieve stress if you need an idea!

Write it ALL down

Writing down what is making you feel overwhelmed, gives you a visual representation of your life at the moment. It also lets you see what needs to be accomplished or what has happened. This can be an important step. Take your favorite pen and a piece of paper (or 5) and write everything down. What all do you have to do, today, this week, this month? Are there things stressing you out? Any life events that have occurred? What is making you feel overwhelmed? When I say write it all down, I mean pick at your brain and dump it all on your paper.  I LIVE for lists and being able to visually see it all instead of the thoughts bouncing around in my head.

Figure out what you can control & leave behind what you can’t

A lot of times we tend to worry about the things in life that we can’t control. We can’t control other people, their actions, life events, or nature. For example, my dog died last Saturday. The pain and heartbreak caused me to be mad at the world. I yelled at people I cared for and I lost the motivation to do anything. But, as hard as it was, I couldn’t control it. But I can control my attitude, my perseverance, and my mindset. Go through what you have written down and decide what you can control, and what you can’t. In your to-do list, probably everything in that list you can control. Life stressors and events, you might not be able to. Picking out what you have the ability to control or change, can help calm your thoughts and realize what is important to worry about. Why worry about what you can’t change?

Focus on right now

Now that you have realized what you can control, it is time to attack that list. Focus on right now. What is the most important thing that you need to do or can change? What needs to be done sooner rather than later? Don’t stress and overwhelm yourself with something that can be done at a later time. This is sort of like making another to-do list, but in the order of things that are close and most important. Take out a colored pen or a highlighter to organize your new list. I love adding colors to my lists, it makes me calm down even more.

Don’t put too much pressure on yourself 

You don’t need to put 1000 things on your plate and expect yourself to do it right away. You aren’t a superhuman, you can only take and do so much! Sometimes we tend to forget that and get worked up and overwhelmed. You are doing the best you can! It is also okay to ask for help. There are plenty of people in your life that will offer a hand.

Take action

It’s time to stop pushing things off. Attack your list, be strong and confident in yourself and start. No matter what it is that you need to do, you can do it! Its okay if you only do one thing on your list at a time, small progress is still progress!

In life we get pretty caught up in stress and things that need to be done. Remember to take a breath, and calm down whenever you feel overwhelmed. Overcome it by visualizing what needs to be done, focusing on what can be controlled and the present and remembering that you can do it!

Leave me a comment if you “took action” with any of these tips to overcome feeling overwhelmed, and if you have any other tips you do when you are overwhelmed! 

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7 thoughts on “How to Overcome Feeling Overwhelmed

  1. I know how you feel! Lately I’ve been feeling overwhelmed trying to juggle my jobs and my blog. I’ve found that bi-weekly posts are the best for me. I know weekly is recommended but I think consistency is better and this is less stressful for me. Great tips!

  2. Thank you. I feel exactly the same way about many things. I had to learn ways to “destress” when my husband was in the hospital last year and off work for almost 3 months.

    You have some good tips here that I hope will help others.

    And my sympathies for the loss of your fur baby.

    1. Thanks for the comment Katerina! I agree, it definitely helps me realize what’s more important at the time

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