How to Cope with Feeling Overwhelmed

Robert Haynes, (2021, November 3). How to Cope with Feeling Overwhelmed. Psychreg on Mental Health.

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At one point or another, all of us will feel overwhelmed. This could come from too many assignments being due, not having enough time away from work, medical bills piling up or a variety of other things. This feeling of being overwhelmed can be an awful mix of stress, anxiety, worry and exhaustion.

While many of us will try to ignore the feeling, that isn’t very effective. Instead, we need to find and identify ways to cope and deal with this feeling of being overwhelmed. With that in mind, this article is going to go over some ways you can cope and get through these difficult times.

Find out what is overwhelming you

The first thing you should try to do is to find out what exactly is overwhelming you. Is it school? Is it work? Is it your family? The better you can know exactly why you are overwhelmed, the better you can cope and deal with the feeling. Simply think about where the majority of your stress is coming from, and you should soon be able to identify the cause.

Finding the sources of your stress can help you eliminate them, which will take a ton off of your plate. If you are overwhelmed by a school project, work hard to finish it quickly. If a long list of work objectives is looming over, break them up into more manageable tasks.

Be sure to write down the causes so you can be aware of your triggers and try to deal with the root of your problem. While not all of your triggers will be able to be taken off your plate entirely, most can be broken up or done in a way that is less stressful to you.

Use tools and technology

Today, tools and technology exist that can help with just about everything, and that includes the feeling of being overwhelmed. For example, there are wearables that can measure your stress levels. Some devices, like Hapbee can even let you choose your mental state. Hapbee signals are sent to the brain and can relax you, and help you focus at the same time. As Dr Xavier A. Figueroa explains, this device uses proprietary ultra-low radio frequency energy technology that emulates specific magnetic fields to produce desired feelings in the body.

You could also download a wellness app, watch a relaxing video, or buy a neck massager.

The options are nearly endless and a quick Google search will reveal a variety of pieces of technology that can help you out if you are stressed, overwhelmed or anxious. Of course, always be sure to check out reviews to make sure the products are quality and watch some videos/read about them so you know how they work and what they do.

Do some breathing exercises

Sometimes, all you need to deal with your anxious feeling is to do some great breathing exercises. This could be box breathing, counting your breaths, nostril breathing and many others. Each of these can do a different thing, but all can help you slow down your mind and relax a little.

These types of breathing exercises can reduce your anxiety-related symptoms, improve your ability to have positive thoughts and can even improve your cognitive function. Best of all, these take only a few minutes to do and you will feel the relaxing results almost immediately.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help

When many of us are struggling and feeling overwhelmed, we think of it as an individual problem for us to handle ourselves. However, this is not the case. If you are struggling and need help, don’t hesitate to reach out. Family members are always willing to help and can lend a hand if you need it. It is not a sign of weakness asking for help, but one of strength.

If you don’t feel comfortable going to family, there are plenty of mental health professionals who will be able to help you out.

Also, thanks to the internet, you can even find someone who will be willing to speak to you online if you don’t feel like leaving your home. The point is, even if you feel alone, there is always someone out there who is ready and willing to help you.

Being overwhelmed is something that almost all of us will experience at one time or another. You can’t ignore or evade the feeling, so learning to cope with it is very important. We hope these tips have been able to show you some of the best ways you can deal with feeling overwhelmed.

Robert Haynes did his degree in psychology at the University of Hertfordshire. He is interested in mental health and well-being.

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