Everyone defines “overwhelming” differently. This is because we each can view the same situation in about a million different ways. Likewise, there are many ways to cope when you are overwhelmed.
But one thing we can all agree on is that sometimes life can get a bit too much to handle. Here are some ways to cope when you are overwhelmed.
1. Mentally Go Somewhere else
This one is a lot easier said than done. However, going somewhere else in your mind for a few minutes every once in a while can work wonders to calm you down. Imagine the situation you’re going through being much easier or how you want it to be. Positive energy goes a long way sometimes and this is one of the best ways to cope when you are overwhelmed.
2. Make a Schedule
Plan out all the things that you need to do if you feel overwhelmed with responsibilities. Making lists can help you know what to do and when to do it so that you don’t feel overburdened.
3. Talk to Someone (Who Cares)
As hard as it may be to realize sometimes, there’s always someone we can talk to. Preferably, that person would be someone we’ve known for a while who we can trust. But sometimes the kindness of strangers is what we really need. It’ll make us see that the world truly isn’t as bad as we might think it is.
4. Love Yourself for How Hard You’re Trying
You know how difficult the situation is for you, whether other people tell you it is or not. Be proud because you are endlessly strong, and that’s going to get you through this.
Meditation can do wonders for your psyche. Try asking someone who knows about it how to get you started, and the benefits can be life-changing.
6. Take Deep Breaths
A moment of calm can save you a hundred moments of regret. Make sure to take some deep breaths in a moment of frustration in order to calm yourself down before making any rash decisions.
7. Listen to Music
I could go on for days about the healing effects of music. Sometimes it’s difficult to find the right songs, but with a little bit of searching around, you’ll find a few that speak directly to your situation, as if the lyrics were made for you and you alone.
8. Keep Healthy
Your body can become just as negatively affected as your mind when you’re stressed. That’s why it’s important to make sure you’re keeping yourself healthy by eating, exercising, and sleeping.
9. Concentrate on Good Things
In every bad situation, there’s something to smile about. It could be as simple as the fact that you woke up this morning or that your coffee tasted just a little better. In any case, find those small things and make them mean a lot.
10. Remember You’re Going to Get through This
You didn’t come this far to just stop here. You’re going to find the light at the end of the tunnel, and once you do, you’ll be stronger at the end of it.