10 Signs You Are Overwhelmed and How To Fix It

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1. You Have Difficulty Sleeping or You're Sleeping Too Much

  • Stick to a nighttime routine. This will hopefully (eventually) train your brain that it's bedtime.
  • Go to bed at a reasonable time each night (not too early, or too late).
  • Practice relaxation exercises before bed to help calm the mind, such as meditation, yoga, progressive muscle relaxation, etc.
  • Consume a soothing drink before bed, such as chamomile tea.
  • Fall asleep to a scent that helps foster relaxation and sleep, such as lavender .

 

2. You Are Always Tired, No Matter How Much Sleep You Get

  • All tips from #1 apply.
  • Eat healthy foods that give you energy.
  • Exercise, not only provides mental health benefits, but may also tire you out enough physically to help you sleep and get a better night's rest.

 

3. You Lack Energy

  • The tips that are mentioned above would work here as well.

 

4. You Are High-Strung/Anxious

  • Tips above will also apply here.
  • Take little breaks throughout your day to help ease your nerves. For instance, going for a walk or grabbing a healthy snack, throughout your day.
  • Limit or avoid caffeine and alcohol.
  • Find time to be active. Exercise helps relieve stress and improves mental health.

 

5. You Are Stressed Out

  • All tips above also apply here.
  • At work, speak with your manager to ask for additional time to work on/complete tasks that you have been stressing you out.
  • Take a 'Mental Health Day' off work.
  • Break large tasks down into small ones, and focus on completeing the small ones (one at a time) instead.
  • Establish more balance in your life, i.e. greater balance between work and play.

 

6. You Have A Loss Of Appetite or You Are Overeating

  • Try establishing an eating routine, by eating at regular times each day, and sticking to that. Your brain will learn to follow this.
  • With loss of appetite, try eating smaller snacks throughout the day, and eating a bigger meal when you're feeling most hungry.
  • Eat healthy foods that give you the most nutrition and energy, often these will have you feeling full longer (i.e. healthy fats and protein).
  • Limit caffeine intake as this will also add to loss of appetite.
  • Exercise, and reducing your stress and anxiety (with the tips mentioned above), can also help you establish and maintain healthy eating habits.

 

7. You Have Difficulty Focusing

  • Break down large tasks into smaller ones.
  • Establish a plan of action, and write your plan down. When things are written down, they can become easier to follow.
  • Make lists and check off completed items as you go.
  • Take little breaks throughout your day to refuel, and refocus the brain.

 

8. You Lack Motivation

  • Check out the tipos that are mentioned in the sections above, they apply here to.
  • Take some time for yourself and implement self-care strategies.

 

9. You're Keeping To Yourself More

  • It's okay to take some time for yourself. Take this time to improve your well-being by doing activities you enjoy, such as reading a book, watching a movie, etc.
  • Implementing much needed self-care strategies will help re-energize you, reduce the effects of you feeling overwhelmed, and get you back to being your healthy and balanced self.

 

10. You Are Moody/Emotional

  • Speak with your doctor if you are feeling depressed, or are concerned about your overall emotional state.
  • Call 911, or a crisis line near you, if you are feeling suicidal.
  • Confide in a good friend, it helps to feel heard.
  • Try counselling. There are free counselling services available at your local community health centre, if money were a concern.
  • Take time for yourself and implement the self-care strategies that are mantioned above (and others that are effective for you).

 

*Disclaimer: You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, nor does it replace, professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have an concerns or questions about your health, you should always consult with a physician or even another health-care professional.*