1. START A WORRY JOURNAL
When you're overwhelmed, you probably have a mind that's full of thoughts, worries, concerns, fears, regrets, hopes, and so much more. It's beneficial to get all of these thoughts and emotions out of your head, and there is no better way to do that than writing it out.
Try starting a worry journal specifically for your stress and overwhelming thoughts. This is really easy to do and can be used as a place to vent about every single thing you are worried about. Think about what is causing you the most stress right now, and write it down.
Be honest, be detailed, or vague. Write it however you want. Don’t worry about how long it is, how long it takes you, spelling or grammar, or any other “rules” of writing. Just get your worries out in whatever way works best for you, and soon you'll see not just that you had a lot on your mind but have more clarity about why you have been so stressed and overwhelmed.
2. COMPLETE SOMETHING YOU NEVER FINISHED
Another way to relieve the feeling of being overwhelmed is to return to something you started but haven't completed and finish it. This can be anything big or small, whether it's related to your current goals or not.
Why is this helpful? Because it will give you a feeling of accomplishment. Even a small thing you have been putting off, finishing a coloring page, a craft or little home project you started but didn’t complete, or a big goal, such as an online course or redecorating a room, can all bring you that feeling that you did something worthwhile. You worked hard and completed it. This can relieve a lot of the stress and overwhelming negative feelings you may be currently experiencing.
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3. WANDER AND VISUALIZE WHAT YOU WANT
Visualization is compelling, almost magical. When you can visualize how you want something to be, create it, accomplish it, or get it done, it gives you inspiration and motivation. It allows you to work hard toward your goals and actually visualize what the process is like.
But it doesn’t have to be only practical. Sometimes what you need the most is to dream. Allow your imagination to be creative and open-minded. Dream up something you would love to have in your life, whether it is realistic or not. Just take a few minutes a day to really visualize this dream, and go as far with it as you need to. When you’re done, you may feel more calm and relaxed and ready to take on the day.
4. DEVELOP HEALTHY SLEEP ROUTINES
This should be your top priority, whether you have stress and overwhelming feelings or not. Sleep is essential for a healthy body and mind. If you don’t get enough quality sleep, start looking at your daily sleep routine. You may need to start getting ready for bed earlier and adding more self-care rituals such as taking a bath, reading a book, or listening to meditation and coloring to slow your mind and relax your body. You may also need to consult your medical practitioner regarding any issues with insomnia or pain management at night.
5. FIND YOUR OWN PRIORITIES
Choosing a priority in your life is a crucial part of relaxing when you feel stressed and overwhelmed. This is true in your personal and professional life. A big part of self-care and relieving that feeling of being overwhelmed is knowing when to put yourself first. If a project you started or a goal you thought you wanted to achieve doesn’t bring you joy and you don’t remember why you wanted to do it in the first place, let it go. This is obviously not a priority in your life, so there is no reason to let it be something weighing on you and causing you stress.
6. START A MORNING ROUTINE
Morning routines help set you up for success. They provide you a way to be energized and positive right from the moment you wake up, keep you from developing a negative attitude when the alarm goes off, and give you the time of day for a little self-care.
Start a new morning routine that is good for both your body and mind, with things like gentle stretching, drinking a glass of water or herbal tea, writing in your journal or planner, meditating, or practicing mindfulness. There are no rules for a morning routine as long as it is good for you and helps you feel invigorated and ready to take on the day.
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