8 Signs that You Are Overwhelmed
* bury or drown beneath a huge mass.
* defeat completely.
* give too much of a thing to (someone); inundate.
Being overwhelmed seems to be a normal state these days. Too many of us are overcommitted, overscheduled, and oversocialized.
Our bodies are telling us so. Just look at the upward tick in statistics for depression, suicide, and immune-system related illnesses. And add to that relationship stress from work and home.
Here are 8 signs that indicate you may be overwhelmed:
You are discontent for no apparent reason. Nagging feelings of discontent can make you feel amiss. You are not happy, but you don't know exactly why. This may be a sign that your brain or emotions are on overload.
You are impatient about...everything. Who stand in front of the microwave thinking "hurry up?" That would be you if you are feeling overwhelmed. Even things that really don't take a long time seem to take too long.
You make a big deal about small things. Being emotionally overwhelmed can cause us to take the smallest comments and turn them into a major insult.
You can't make simple decisions. Being overwhelmed affects our brain. When you are overwhelmed, your brain is not performing at an optimum level. Simple choices take you a long time to process.
You have no time to relax. Being addicted to "busy" is a common problem in our culture. Is every minute of your day scheduled? You might be too busy.
You don't have energy for the important things. Being overwhelmed can lead to physical exhaustion. Constant stress causes a physical drain that zaps your energy.
You feel like giving up...on everything. Our hearts are smart. They know when we are in overdrive. When we lose heart and feel like giving up, it may be a sign that we are trying to do too much.
You have no focus. When we run from one thing to the next without clear priorities, it causes us to lose focus on what is really important in our lives. If not dealt with, it can lead to anxious feelings that make you feel like giving up.
Did you find yourself in any of those symptoms?
You don't have to stay in your overwhelmed state. There are specific things that you can do to help get an handle on your situation.
Ask for help. This one is the most obvious but often the least used. Tapping into your support system and asking for help can immediately relieve the pressure by allowing people to take things off your plate. They can also remind you of what is really important which supports you in getting your mental clarity back.
Schedule a "lazy day." Book an appointment with yourself for a whole "me" day. Do what you want to do this day. Don't feel any pressure to check your "to do" list or start a project. Catch a movie. Get a massage. Meditate. Breathe. Nourish yourself.
Check in with your values. If you can't block off a whole day, try to block off an hour to do focus on getting clear on your values. Ask yourself "What do I really right now? What is important to me?" Talking with a trusted friend or accountability partner can help you get clarity on what really matters.
Begin saying "no." Most people who are overwhelmed get that way because they are too helpful. They say "yes" to everyone and every opportunity because they don't want to disappoint people. Is that you? Check out my post on how to use the power of "no" to change your life.
Schedule some family or friend time. Who is important to you? Call them and schedule to spend some time with them. When we spend quality time with people who are important to us, it can help us see where we need to let go so we can have more time to spend with those we love.
If you are struggling with being overwhelmed, I can help. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
You are not alone.