How to Relax When You Constantly Feel Overwhelmed


It’s easy to feel overwhelmed these days. You have a lot on your plate. Each day you put off some task or responsibility until tomorrow.   Now  you have such a backlog of things to do and you feel like your brain is going to explode.

It’s too hard to relax when you know you’ve neglected responsibilities.

Simple daily stress and anxiety builds up, and leading to a sensation of overwhelm.  Now that you’re living with this fog of overwhelm, you find it difficult to get through the simplest routines.

 Adding Stress Relief to Your Schedule

The key to relaxing is to prioritize time for stress-relief.  Making time in your daily and weekly schedule planning for “down time” and de-stressing is a must.  This could mean no more than adding a couple of 10 minute meditation sessions to your daily routine.

Try quiet contemplation, aromatherapy, music therapy or reading a good book as your stress-relievers. Whatever calms your mind and takes you to your “happy place”.

De-Clutter and Outsource

Clutter kills productivity, and unconsciously causes your brain to stress out. Your brain automatically tries to deal with every bit of sensory input you receive.

This means that the things you see, touch, hear, smell and taste all have to be dealt with by your brain. When you have too much input coming in, especially when it is unnecessary, this clutter creates anxiety and stress.

Avoiding overwhelm is much easier than dealing with it.

This means delegating and outsourcing any tasks you can.  Especially those you know cause the feelings of stress, anxiety, or overwhelm.  

If you are a micro-manager, you feel like you have to do everything. Stop believing that. The reason why a lot of people feel stressed and overwhelmed is they attempt to do too much. Delegate the menial tasks in your life, and you can keep overwhelm at bay.

Another way to relax when you are feeling overwhelmed is to use visual cues.

This could mean placing post-it notes in your home and office reminding you to calm down and enjoy a deep breathing session.

It could be as simple as placing happy pictures of the ones you love where you can see them as you move throughout the day.

These positive visual cues that make you feel good are simple stress-relievers that can keep you from giving in to feelings of overwhelm.

Relaxing With Exercise

Exercise may seem counter intuitive when it comes to relaxing, but steady and prolonged movement could be the number 1 method to relaxation.

I always recommend a daily regime of most any sort of exercise that last a minimum of 30 minutes. Exercise is a powerful tonic for anxiety, depression, overwhelm and most other emotional and health problems, so don’t neglect it.

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