It seems like we wake up in the morning already feeling overwhelmed about our day ahead before we’re even out of bed. Our lives are moving so fast and our schedules are constantly overbooked; it’s no wonder we feel stressed. There’s no room to just breathe.
How to Handle Feeling Constantly Overwhelmed
This constant state of overwhelm is taking a toll on you too, both physically and mentally. Stress can lead to heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and even cancer.
Before the overwhelm becomes a constant state-of-mind, it’s time to look for ways to reduce the stress and relax a bit. Here are a few ways to shake the overwhelm in your life so you can just relax.
Learn to Meditate
Daily meditation will bring more calm to your day. It will also help you to stay focused and productive so you can get through that to-do list faster. And seven minutes a day is all you need to start seeing the benefits. It may take time to see the full benefits, but they will come. If you’re not sure how to meditate or need some help getting started, try a free app like Calm or Stop, Breathe, Think for guided meditations. Both are available in iTunes, Google Play, and online.
Be a Better Receiver
Of help, that is. Trying to carry the weight of the world on our shoulders alone is a job no one can handle. Your friends and loved ones would be happy to help, if only you’d ask. Learn to ask for some assistance when you need it, then be open to accepting it.
No doubt you’re familiar with the frustration of your computer freezing when you try to make it do too many things at once. Well, that’s exactly what’s happening to your brain when you’re overwhelmed trying to do too much. Your brain doesn’t know what to process first so it freezes up and you can’t get anything done.
Mentally remove yourself from the situation for a moment, take a deep breath, and ask yourself . . . what is the most important thing right now? What do I need to prioritize? Then move forward on just one thing at a time.
Be Present in the Moment
Allowing yourself to just be present and experience a moment is like active meditation. It slows down your thought process and brings a feeling of calm. Be present with your family at the dinner table or when reading bedtime stories to your kids. Just let all other thoughts float away. There will be plenty of time to worry about them later.
When you experience being overwhelmed, it’s an emotional indicator that you’re doing too much and you need to slow down. Listen to what your body and mind are trying to tell you. Just slow down, take a moment to meditate or remove yourself, and find your peace again. No matter how difficult today is, tomorrow is another chance to start over.