There is a lot going on in the world right now. If it’s not the pandemic wreaking havoc, it’s socio-political issues at home and globally, career, cost of living, life and family pressures. It’s any wonder you are feeling overwhelmed and beaten down. You are not alone in feeling this way and these feelings are completely normal considering the circumstances. There are few ways you can help yourself elevate your mood and feel better.
Trigger warnings to Feeling Overwhelmed
It can be extremely beneficial to look at why you are feeling overwhelmed. Can you identify triggers or a source that sets off these feelings? A good way to identify these are by writing down thoughts and feelings when you’re feeling anxious or overwhelmed. Look at what is happening in your life to find a pattern; for example, is it work, family or lifestyle related?
Acknowledgement of feelings or thoughts is crucial as it’s the recognition of an issue which is profoundly important in healing. Once you face the issue that is the cause of your feelings, you can then start working towards feeling better.
When your mind is racing with thoughts, increasing your anxiety and causing you to feel overwhelmed, being present can help. By focusing on the now rather than the myriad of possibilities that may or may not occur, you can stabilize your emotional turbulence. Try meditation, exercise or mindfulness apps. In our fast-paced world we often try to do multiple things at once, which can increase the feelings of being overwhelmed. Try taking on one task at a time instead of trying to multitask as this can help you distract yourself from negative thoughts and help you focus on the singular task at hand. Once you have regained a state of emotional calm, reintroduce another task if you need to.
Work within your control
When we start looking at things that we can’t control, it’s any wonder we start feeling anxious. Instead, trying to focus on what you can control such as your routine, diet, screen time and meaningful interactions with others.
Share the burden & lessen feeling overwhelmed
Trying to cope with these big emotions alone in itself is extremely overwhelming. Talking to family or friends can help lessen the anxiety, elevate moods or offer distractions. If you feel you can’t trust or open up to your inner circle, seek out professional help. Nova Psychology has experienced therapists who are ready and willing to support you through any challenges you may be experiencing.
There are many causes that can lead us to feel overwhelmed. It can come from a systemic source such as socio-political issues or closer to home, personal sources. It helps to remember that you are not alone, and these sources are affecting others too. Trying to get on top of these feelings by trying these tips, can help them pass. However, if you feel like nothing is working, please seek help from one of the qualified professionals, like the psychologists, social workers and counsellors at Nova Psychology.