The world can be a rough place. No matter where you look, there is injustice and corruption. People are suffering while others line their pockets with more money than they could ever spend. For the average person, these sights can make anyone feel hopeless. It feels like there is no end in sight for the continuous nonsense you see on the news every day.
Combine the nonsense with everything going on in your life and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, but this can wreak havoc on your professional and personal life. Feeling overwhelmed can be much more damaging than you may expect. You will struggle to focus and find it challenging to find motivation. You may even feel like it’s not worth it. This won’t do you any favours, so learning how to cope when life becomes too overwhelming is essential.
Learn In the Moment Coping Techniques
While not all coping techniques will work for you, there are several that you can explore to overcome anxiety and feelings of being overwhelmed at the moment. A common solution is the 5-4-3-2-1 grounding technique where you use the power of your senses to draw attention away from any worries you feel. Since this only takes a few minutes, you won’t feel like you’re disrupting work or an event, nor will it cause a scene that could be more trouble than it’s worth.
Feel Confident Saying No
You probably hate saying No, especially if you’re a people pleaser. This issue often occurs when you’re worried that saying No might make people dislike you or could mean you’re passed over for a promotion at work. However, you cannot say Yes to everything. You need time to yourself so you can find balance in your life. While you shouldn’t assume that you can now freely say No to everything, you should not feel ashamed for doing so, especially if you’re not feeling it.
Self-care techniques are another fantastic way to ease any feelings of dread, especially on the Sunday evening before you go to work the next day. If this feels at all familiar, exploring self-care techniques can make a huge difference to your feelings and attitude and while you still may not look forward to going to work, you can at least do all you can to treat yourself. A relaxed and stress-free Sunday evening full of pampering works like a charm, and you can also get everything you need ready for the morning so you are not rushing around.
Get Off Social Media
The benefits of unplugging from technology cannot be understated. Too many people spend their days scrolling and scrolling (and scrolling), comparing themselves to others or finding rage-bait videos that make them feel worse than they do already. Getting off all social media is good for your mental and physical health. While you may not feel up to date with the latest internet trends, you can enjoy a different type of freedom.
Write About Your Feelings and Experiences
If you’re finding it difficult to cope with the many stresses and struggles of everyday life, writing about your feelings and experiences can be an excellent solution. Keeping a diary or journal helps you work through your thoughts more efficiently as you can get everything down on a page which may help you solve problems faster than you expected. You can also look through your journals in the future and see how far you’ve come and even discover techniques you may have forgotten about.
There are times when life becomes too overwhelming for self-care techniques or coping mechanisms to help. While it can take a long time to get to this point, it can be damaging if you don’t do anything about it. If you suffer from severe anxiety and depression and are unsure how you can carry on, seeking inpatient depression treatment may be the best solution for you. Here, you will have the support of professionals who can dedicate all their time to helping your recovery without any of the distractions of the modern world.
Get Support From Friends
You can also seek support from friends and family. Although they won’t be able to provide clinical treatment, they can still offer to share the load and help you when you feel like life is becoming far too much. Your friends and family will happily help with childcare or help in running errands for you if you have too much on your plate, meaning you may be able to find time in your life to stop and take a breather.
Find Activities You Enjoy
Finding activities you enjoy is a great way to get away from feeling overwhelmed. Ultimately, this gives you the chance to think about anything other than your problems and you shouldn’t feel guilty for doing something you love. Whether you explore exercise, something creative, or anything that gets you out of the house, you may discover that there are more activities you can explore than you might think, and it doesn’t matter who you are, you will find something you enjoy.
Quit Alcohol and Other Substances
If you’ve ever wondered why you feel so bad after drinking, you may be able to link that to feeling overwhelmed. Everyone has had The Fear the morning after a heavy night, and if you already suffer from anxiety and depression, there is a chance that you will feel even worse. Quitting alcohol and other substances (or at the very least learning your limits and being responsible) can alleviate the fear and ensure you wake up feeling more comfortable.
Try Ways to Distract Yourself
Finding distractions, even ones that aren’t exercise or activities can also do you plenty of favours in your battle against anxiety and depression. If you’re struggling to focus on something at work, try putting it to the side for now and work on something else if possible. This approach also works at home, especially if you’re doing a project that is becoming increasingly frustrating. There’s no point in annoying yourself, so step away and try again later.
Don’t Stress Over Things You Cannot Control
Many people want to feel like they can fix everything, but that is simply not possible. No one is Superman or Wonder Woman so do not feel like you are not doing enough to change or save the world. There are so many things you can control, so it isn’t worth worrying about the things you cannot control. The sooner you recognise this, the sooner you’ll feel better about what is going on around you.
Spend More Time With People
Studies have proven that spending time with friends and family reduces stress and can help you find balance. Like other distraction techniques, you can escape the whirlwind of worry you have experienced recently and simply enjoy other people’s company. On a larger scale, you might find that they are also going through tough times. Not only does this provide some solidarity, but it can also show you that you’re not the only one struggling and it might even provide a crucial perspective about your problems.
Weight of the World
It can often feel like the weight of the world is placed firmly on your shoulders even though you didn’t ask for it. While you may not be able to make sweeping changes to society, you can still learn how to deal with your problems. It is a long road ahead, but you can find ways to feel a little better at the very least and maybe even find happiness.