These days especially, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. In our post-Covid (pre-next-variant) society, people are feeling the struggle more than ever before. We are affected by economic price hikes, job and worker shortages, making ends meet and feeding our families - and staying afloat on top of all our regular, every-day stressors!
With this feeling of overwhelm being so much easier to achieve, what can we do to avoid it, or at least counter it when it happens?
Take an emotional breather, step away if you need to.
Taking a deep breath is always a great beginning step to calming yourself down - breathing, and the way in which we do it, directly affects our brain chemistry, which can help calm you down when you're stressed. Learning a few breathing exercises to utilize when you are in a feeling of deep overwhelm can help take the edge of those anxious feelings off, and help you reset. If the situation allows for it, stepping away in a literal sense, is also a good idea. Take time to go outside and take a walk, or even if you can swing it - go see a movie! The point is that you want to get completely away from the situation that is overwhelming you.
This is similar to the one above - getting yourself out of that overwhelmed/ overwhelming headspace. This doesn't have to look like going to the gym and spending a full hour working out (although that would probably work best!). Take a physical break and go for a walk around the neighborhood, around your office complex, anywhere!
Don't be afraid to say no