I know you’ve felt overwhelmed at some point or another. Perhaps even more than you care to admit!?! My friend, you're not alone! It's easy to feel overwhelmed when life throws too many tasks and obligations at us. But don't worry, there are ways to manage the stress that comes with it and turn it into something positive. Today, we'll be discussing some strategies for dealing with overwhelm and creating a sense of control. We'll also look at the benefits of taking time for yourself and putting self-care first. So, if you're feeling overwhelmed, read on for some helpful tips!
When an individual feels overwhelmed, their body can respond with physical symptoms, such as increased heart rate, tightness in the chest, difficulty breathing, sweating, shaking, and feeling faint. These physical reactions can be indicative of an anxiety or panic attack. Other physical reactions can include headaches, stomachaches, fatigue, and even insomnia. And you know not sleeping can throw you into a catch 22 of lots of other issues. These physical symptoms can be accompanied by mental and emotional symptoms, such as feeling depressed, out of control, helpless, and unable to concentrate.
8 TIPS TO BEAT OVERWHELM
break down tasks into smaller, manageable chunks
TAKE TIME OUT
take regular breaks throughout the day to relax and recharge
set manageable goals and expectations
helps to calm your nerves and reduce stress
TALK TO SOMEONE
speaking with a friend or therapist can help to reduce feelings of overwhelm
when you’ve completed a task (big or small) give yourself props
too much can lead to feelings of anxiousness and overwhelm
EAT A HEALTHY DIET
proper nutrition can help to reduce stress levels
It’s important to practice self-care and prioritize your wellbeing. And yes, many of the 8 tips above fall into the self-care category as well, but let’s look at a few more self-care activities that can help us keep our overwhelm under control.
SELF-CARE FOR OVERWHLEM
reading, video games, doing a puzzle
exercise, meditate, quality sleep
journaling, asking for help, listening to music
setting boundaries, scheduled time with loved one(s), game night
declutter personal space, create a routine, tackle a to-do
practice mindfulness, use visualization techniques, forgive self/other(s)
Using essential oils is an excellent way to reduce overwhelm and take back control of your life. Whether you choose to use aromatherapy, massage, or topical applications, essential oils can provide a natural and effective way to reduce stress and anxiety. Essential oils support the brain and the body in a variety of ways that provide both physical and emotional relief.
TOP ESSENTIAL OILS FOR OVERWHELM
Melissa Midnight Forest
General usage tips: inhale from bottle, diffuse, and/or apply to pulse points (wrists, over heart, neck). *If you need specific usage tips for these oils, send me an email
specifying which essential oil you’d like to use and I’ll be happy to share the best methods.
Feeling overwhelmed can be hard, but it doesn't have to be a permanent feeling. With some time and effort, you can beat overwhelm and get back to feeling like yourself again. And remember, you don't have to face overwhelm on your own. Reach out for help and support from family, friends and professionals when you need it. Don't forget to take that much needed time for yourself, to relax and recharge. Doing so will help you to stay on top of overwhelm and continue to excel in all areas of your life.