Strategies for Dealing with Overwhelm

Overwhelm

Chronic overwhelm is one of the major causes of anxiety and anxiety disorders. When you’re overwhelmed, your mind overloads with all that’s going on. It takes a toll on your nervous, immune and hormonal systems, and left unattended will likely produce cycles of anxiety, fatigue and temporary despair.

 

Your body sends physical warning signs but your mind can easily override warning signals until you spiral down into overwhelm. Having strategies in place to refer to when you feel yourself becoming overwhelmed is a helpful tool.

 

There are many strategies for managing Overwhelm.  It is important to find the strategy that works best for you.  When you find success with a strategy you will be more likely to refer to it when needed.  Emotional Wellness is an active ongoing process, be patient with yourself.

 

Strategies for dealing with Overwhelm

Accept Your Anxiety
Change overwhelm inducing thoughts

Thoughts of uncontrollability or unpredictability are the backbone of overwhelm. It can be the unrealistic or unreasonable thoughts that induce our feeling of overwhelm. It’s important to pay attention to what we tell ourselves and learn to create helpful thoughts.

  1. How to Change Your Thoughts – The Daily Positive

  2. How to Stop Feeling Overwhelmed – Psych Alive

  3. Mind Over Medicine – Lissa Rankin MD

Develop Coping Strategies In Advance
Engage in an activity that you enjoy

It’s not just about too many overwhelming things on your plate, but also about too few things on your plate that strengthen you or build you up.  Find time for the activities that will give you strength and resilience to get through everything else.

  1. How to Make More Time For the Things You Love – Richly Rooted

  2. Relieve Stress With A Bath Meditation -VeryWellMind.com

Exercise
Find Support
Focus on what you are doing

Think about what you are doing rather than what you’re not getting done. Worry and time have an inverse relationship. The more you have of one, the less you have of the other.

  1. You’re More Resilient Than You Give Yourself Credit For – Harvard Business Review

Get it out of your head

Take the ‘overwhelm’ out of your head and put it on paper, where you can distance yourself from it a bit.

  1. The Health Benefits of Journaling – PsychCentral

  2. How To Start A Journal and Keep it Up – The Guardian

Practice Mindfulness
Take a deep breath
Take out the significance

Assume objectivity about an issue or feeling, as if it were another person having this problem. One of the first things you may notice is how much more compassionate and understanding you are toward this imagined person than you have been toward yourself.

  1. Solution for Overwhelm – Heart Math​

Listed above are a few sources of information and support you might find useful. These groups are not connected to Save Your Skin Foundation. We are providing the links as useful sources of information but do not monitor content for accuracy and quality.

 

NOTE: The information on the Save Your Skin website is not intended to replace the medical advice of a doctor or healthcare provider. While we make every effort to ensure that the information on our site is as current as possible, please note that information and statistics are subject to change as new research and studies are published. 

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