Daily Dose of Design: Wellness Wednesday: 17 Things to Do When You Feel Overwhelmed

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Wellness Wednesday: 17 Things to Do When You Feel Overwhelmed


At some point, every one of us have most definitely felt an overwhelming feeling. That feeling of getting overwhelmed usually happens when you put something off, let something build up inside, take on too many tasks/overbook yourself, or try to do too many things at once. It takes over your brain and sometimes even causes you to just shut off and do nothing about it at all. For today's Wellness Wednesday, I'm sharing 17 simple and surefire ways to help you when you're feeling overwhelmed. Part of feeling well is feeling your best mentally and taking care of yourself should always be at the top of your priority list! The most important thing to remember is that you have the power to take the steps you need to feel better. But when all else fails, try one of these things:


1. Go for a walk. Or run, or take a class at your gym or whatever it is you like to do for exercise. Get your brain focused on something else and get your adrenalin pumping!

2. Write out what's on your mind and get it on paper, even if you're just going to throw it away after. Nothing helps more than getting something out that's weighing heavily on your mind.

3. Take a break. Close the laptop and watch TV, listen to music, get outside, whatever you like to do in your free time! Sometimes all you really need is a quick break to chill.

4. Clean or organize something that's been staring at you for days - your desk, a drawer, your closet, the pantry...

5. Vent to someone about what's overwhelming you; whether it's your sister, a parent or BFF just get them on the phone and talk it out. It always helps.

6. Unplug from social, and I guarantee your mind will be at ease nearly instantly. I know a lot of the time being away from your phone and thinking about what you may be missing can be stressful, but that's exactly what the problem with electronics is. These days we're all guilty of spending too much time with our heads down looking at our phones, obsessing over social media and worrying about everything and everyone else. This is the best way to overwhelm yourself, and until you put the phone down, you won't notice it. It's kind of crazy how addicted we are, and if you don't take breaks you'll no doubt feel filled with anxiety. I know I do!

7. Say a prayer. If you have a strong faith, you know the power of prayer. God knows exactly what you're going through, so no matter what's on your mind make some time in your day to clear your mind and heart and let God help you with your worries.

8. Realize and count your blessings, because they can get buried when you have so much on your mind. Seeing the glass half full is everything when you're overwhelmed.

9. Find something that'll make you laugh. Laughter is the best medicine! Life's too short to not laugh each day - call a friend, watch your favorite episode of Friends (because what's funnier??) or call that one person in your life that always gives you a good laugh. It'll help!

10. Plan a getaway. Even if it's just for a weekend, or a stay-cation. Getting a change of scenery and getting away will help you see the positives and help to clear your mind. And you can always start a travel fund to help you get there!

11. Prioritize your to-do list. On a day that you're already feeling overwhelmed, the last thing you want to do is work or be productive. It's just the truth - so prioritize what needs to get done and what can wait until you're feeling better. Physically crossing things off of your list will help to ease your mind.

12. Hug Someone. Never underestimate the power of a hug. Ever. :)

13. Take a power nap but don't let it be too long - power naps really do work, but it has to be just that, a power nap. I totally can relate if you feel like you need a good 3 hours of sleep but when you nap for 20 minutes (at the most) you don't get into that powerful, deep sleep and it's just enough to recharge your batteries.

14. Don't try to get everything done. See #11 - you can't get everything done always, and especially so when you're feeling overwhelmed. It just won't work!

15. Invest in yourself. It doesn't have to be buying something luxurious (although it can be! ;), it could be something as simple as getting a mani/pedi or a facial, reading a book or any activity you truly love to do. Focus on yourself and give something to yourself.

16. Tell yourself you can, you will and that this moment of stress and feeling overwhelmed will pass. Over and over, as many times as you need.

17. Go to one of your favorite spots. If you live by the ocean, go listen to the sound of the waves. If you love to shop, go to the mall (hey, no judgement here ;). Sometimes getting a change of scenery is exactly what you need to get your brain elsewhere and to stop overthinking the smallest things.

XOXO -A

35 comments:

  1. Great tips! I am feeling overwhelmed right now! Writing it down and organizing both help me feel so much better too.

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  2. Writing everything down, organizing my space (I definitely get overwhelmed more easily when there's clutter) and praying are all things that I do when I'm overwhelmed. These are great tips!

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  3. It's crazy how much cleaning and organizing actually helps -- I do it all the time when I'm feeling overwhelmed.

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  4. Power naps help so much. I always feel bad taking one because I feel like I should be using that time for something more productive, but I know that if I try to drag myself through it I won't be at my full potential anyway.

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  5. I love all these wonderful suggestions. I find organizing something so therapeutic! Taking a walk and writing in my journal is as well.

    Beth || www.TheStyleBouquet.com

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  6. When I'm overwhelmed I definitely clean or organize something, but I call that decluttering! I always know that when my space is a mess, I can't think straight.

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  7. Saying a prayer always helps me knowing the God will ease my worries. Planning a fun trip away or taking time off are always good options, too :)

    -xo, Azanique | www.lotsofsass.com

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  8. Love this post! These are all really great tips, and I love #15! I think investing in yourself also means allowing yourself time to take care of yourself so I like to do yoga!

    Kileen
    cute & little

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  9. These are really great tips! So useful and very well needed. Will definitely be implementing these!

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  10. these are all great suggestions! going for a walk usually helps me so much!

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  11. I love this. Sometimes it's nice to have a list to go back to when you're in the midst of these feelings. I'll be coming back to this post often as a reminder! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  12. All spot on...just walking to clear your head in a fresh space does WONDERS!

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  13. Yes, these are awesome simple reminders to slow down. Especially in these days is constantly being on the go!

    Denise

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  14. As soon as it starts to warm up a little bit here, I take regular daily walks during my lunch time! It's the best thing EVER!

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  15. I am great at getting overwhelmed ha. Thanks for the tips!

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  16. #4 always helps me when I'm feeling stressed and overwhelmed. A clean space equals a clear mind!

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  17. When I am frustrated I either take a nap or vent to someone. These are all great options.

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  18. I love love love this so much. I've been working two jobs and attempting to publish blog posts at least 3 times a week, so the overwhelmed feeling has rushed over me way too many times. Being able to vent and get things off of my chest really helps. As does just getting away from it all. My boyfriend and I are taking a week-long vacation starting tomorrow, and it honestly couldn't have come at a better time.

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  19. I seriously needed to read this today! Thank you for sharing. I think I'm gonna spend some time cleaning and praying ... and hugging!

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  20. Going for a walk always works for me. The most difficult part is to get my ass out of the house. Once I got out, everything is better.

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  21. Love these tips! If I'm overwhelmed with how much I have to get done I write everything out so that I can keep track of it, which usually helps. But when I'm just overwhelmed about life in general, that 20 minute nap has my name written all over it!

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  22. these are some great tips to live by! as someone who works from home i often forget to take breaks and find myself stressed out. need to go out for a walk right about now haha

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  23. yes - stepping away to gain reflect and read or taking a break is so important!


    love,
    Whit

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  24. This winter was rough for me when job searching took longer than I expected and I did so many of these things!! Getting into fitness was a great source of stress relief!

    xoxo A
    www.southernbelleintraining.com

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  25. I LOVE these tips so much!!! I need to get better about adding a walk to my daily routine. Hugs, Kait
    www.baskinginburgundy.com

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  26. Thank you for this! So pinning and doing it :)

    xx
    Iliana | www.sophisticatedfashionista.com

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  27. Thank you for sharing this! I am going to keep pin this for when I am feeling stressed!

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  28. Brain dumps, long walks, and cleaning/reorganizing always help me to get in a better more calm mood! I love this list!

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  29. Writing lists/in my journal help me SO much! I love this idea!

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  30. My boyfriend always jokes that he can tell when I feel overwhelmed because our closet is suddenly organized by color or our cabinets are looking neater than ever! I can't help myself, putting something in order makes me feel SO much better! Love all of these recommendations!

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  31. I have a tendency of taking on too many tasks at once and comparing myself to others. Getting off of social media and getting a good workout in definitely helps to calm me down and sort out my priorities.

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  32. Writing it out really helps me- It's nice to get it all out of my head!
    -Nicholle
    www.nichollesophia.com

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  33. These are such great tips. I love to do some yoga or get lost in a good book when I'm feeling overwhelmed!

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  34. Cleaning really really helps me! Helps me regain control

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  35. I am totally all for power naps when I'm overwhelmed. That and list-writing.
    These are all such great tips!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

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