Self - February 24, 2020

What To Do When You Feel Overwhelmed

Brighton Keller wearing tan crop sweater and black jeans

If you’ve been following me on social media or reading BTD for any amount of time then you know I’m someone who gets overwhelmed easily. I tend to overthink and overanalyze, which then leads me to feel, well, overwhelmed. It used to be something I was embarrassed about, especially sharing so much of my life online. Like, why were some things so hard for me when they weren’t for others? But TBH at this point in my life, I’m proud that I’m self-aware enough to realize this about myself and to know what I need to do to when that overwhelm creeps in. Maybe it’s because I’m in my 30s now and am really working hard on myself or maybe it’s something I’ve just gotten used to. Either way, I’ve learned that these are the things I really need to share with y’all because more than likely some of you struggle with this too!

I have a lot of older posts on here about organizing your thoughts and life – two of the main things I do when I’m feeling overwhelmed. So I’m going to link out to a bunch of those and also share a few other thoughts!

Organize Your Mind

This is one of the most helpful tips I can give (in my experience). Usually when overwhelm hits, it’s because I have too many tabs open in my brain (and probably my computer too LOL). To quiet the noise a little bit I like to take a step back and usually grab some tips from the following posts:

Organize Your Surroundings

I put this one second because I know it’s not always possible to completely stop what you’re doing and clean your house or your office/desk, but definitely make it a priority for when you do have some time. Maybe come into work a little early or stay 20 minutes late to tidy up. And the same goes for your home because overwhelm happens more places than just work in my experience. I function much better when my home slash work environment is organized and neat so take some time to get physically organized as well as mentally. These posts should help!

Go for a Walk

And last but not least, go for a walk! This is old faithful for me. Whenever I feel overwhelmed, anxious, sad – whatever it is, a walk ALWAYS helps. I think I love it because it gives me some mental and physical distance from whatever is weighing me down, ya know? Coming home afterward I always feel more clear-headed. It’s honestly one of the best things I do for myself on a daily basis.

I hope this was helpful for y’all! I know feeling overwhelmed is not fun, so just take a step back and give some of these ideas a try!