If you’re feeling overwhelmed or stuck with more than you can handle, here are 8 things to keep in mind to help you get through it.
1. Humans have always had the same problems
You’re not alone. People have struggled with the same problems for years. Everyday, millions of people conquer overwhelming feelings and come out happy and alive on the other side. Humans are built to overcome and succeed. We are not built to fail. Feeling overwhelmed is a natural part of life, but dwelling on that feeling is dangerous. You have to believe you can overcome.
2. It’s just a breakdown of your thoughts, not a breakdown of your actual life
Our minds are powerful things. In the book, As a Man Thinketh, James Allen says:
“As he thinks, so he is; as he continues to think, so he remains.”
We have the power to control our thoughts, and as a result, control who we are. When you’re feeling overwhelmed, your life isn’t falling apart—your thoughts are. Take a minute to find and clean out all your self-deprecating, negative thoughts. As you do this, you will find yourself feeling refreshed and invigorated with renewed energy to take on the world. Don’t believe it? Try it.
3. Things change pretty quickly when you start doing something
Maybe you’re feeling overwhelmed with a project at work and don’t think you have the energy or time to finish it. You start letting yourself play out every negative scenario resulting from a failed project. Stop right there! Sitting on the couch, dwelling on these thoughts isn’t going to make anything better. In fact, it usually makes things worse. Things seem to fall in place as you chip away at a project and come to realize it wasn’t as bad as you thought.
4. You’ve felt this way before
Think about the last time you felt overwhelmed. How did you overcome it? Was it really as bad as you thought? If you don’t learn from past experiences, you’ll find yourself suffering from the same problems over and over. Successful people are the ones who understand that every experience, good or bad, is valuable. Go to a private place and take as long as you need to remember previous times in your life you felt this way and how you overcame it.
5. Your problems aren’t always as bad as you think
The best way to find out how good you actually have it is to take a break from worrying about your own life and do something kind for someone in a worse spot than you. Go do service at a homeless shelter, orphanage, or battered women’s home, etc. Helping people who are worse off than you puts your own problems into perspective and helps you feel far less overwhelmed.
6. When it feels like you can’t do anything, that’s exactly when you need to do something
Like it says in number 3, your situation changes quickly when you start doing something. Those who overcome their struggles quickly are the ones who never give up, even when they feel that all is lost. At times it might feel like there is nothing you can do, but that is exactly when you need to do something. How will you ever know for sure there was nothing you could do if you didn’t at least try? At the very least, you will find personal confidence in knowing that you did everything you could.
7. Be grateful for what you do have
In a world of people obsessed with putting their best self forward, it’s easy to feel like everyone has more than you. STOP! Get that thought out of your head and remember what you do have. Often the things you have right now are things you were worried about having in the past. Don’t let an insatiable desire for more blind you from seeing and appreciating everything you have right now. You have more than you know. Be grateful.
8. People want you to succeed
Remember there are people in your life who want you succeed. Your life touches so many others and there are people out there rooting for you.
What other things help you when you’re feeling overwhelmed? Leave a comment below.
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