For the past few weeks, I’ve been feeling a strong sense of overwhelm. It has manifested in my body, emotions and day to day activities. Admittedly, much has changed in my life recently, like purchasing a home, moving in, adjusting to the new surroundings, but it feels like more.
Feels like something pulling me under the water
It’s like trying to reach for air, but getting pulled under just when you’re almost at the top. The most essential thing when feeling so vulnerable, is to identify what is causing this. It can be one thing, it can be several things. When you reach that understanding, it’s when you can work towards a solution.
Dealing with change is hard. I love our new house, but this adjustment period has been difficult for me. I know this feeling will go away once I spend more time here, but nevertheless, getting used to a new space is never easy. Plus, having anxiety makes me question everything and sometimes the little things are what affects me the most.
I’ve also been feeling exhausted every day. Physically and mentally. This is mostly due to overworking myself and not separating ‘work’ time with ‘personal’ time. They have been one and the same for the past few weeks, and it has not been good to my body.
When you find the root of the problem, it’s time to tackle it, otherwise it will be a vicious cycle.
What to do to combat overwhelm
Once I understood the cause of my problem, I had to find ways that make me feel complete again. It’s different for everybody, but I’ll share some of the things that helped me and still are helping me.
- Divide your time in a healthy way
I am usually a perfectionist. When there’s a problem, I won’t stop looking for a solution, even if it takes me all night. This affected my personal time and my sleeping schedule. Your health and well being comes first, so take care of yourself by separating your work, personal and family time. There’s a time for everything, and most of the times, things you think you need to finish right away, can wait.
- Do something that makes you happy
If you like reading, maybe try reading an hour every day. Write in a journal. Exercise. Do something that distracts you. Even if it’s 5 minutes, enjoy that time.
- It’s okay to take some time
It’s completely fine if you want to take some time to just rest. Believe me, it does wonders, especially if you haven’t been sleeping much.
I am still working through the overwhelm, but I’m starting to feel better, and going back to my normal self.
My hope is that by sharing more personal stuff on the blog, maybe I can help somebody that has similar feelings. I’m here if you ever need someone to talk to.
What do you do when you feel overwhelmed? What helps you?