5 Ways How to Deal with Constantly Feeling Overwhelmed
Some of us, especially in these days of COVID-19, are feeling overwhelmed. Stress is difficult to avoid in our modern world. If you’re reading this article, you’re probably dealing with stress in your day-to-day life and need help managing it. While stress may cause some people to fall apart, people who are proactive about their health are able to thrive. There is hope for anyone willing to put in the work. Once you understand how stress works and use healthy methods to manage stress, you’ll stop being so overwhelmed and feel more in control of your life. Below are great tools that are scientifically proven to help you feel de-stressed and at peace.
Feeling Overwhelmed: Stress and How It Affects You
A normal amount of stress is not bad. In fact, stress is your body’s normal reaction to changes in your environment which affect you physically, mentally, or emotionally. Stress lets us know we need to adapt to our environment — and it even motivates us to change our environment when necessary. Too much stress, though, is not good for your body in the long term. It’s a straight up killer.
Chronic stress will wear you down and may cause you to develop debilitating chronic symptoms such as:
- dizziness, a racing heart, problems sleeping, sweaty hands and palms, grinding teeth, headaches, and body aches.
According to several studies, stress can do much more. Stress can also make it difficult to control your emotions, affect your love life and other close relationships, ruin your teeth and gums, wreak havoc on your heart, make you gain weight, lead to immune suppression, and even make you look older.
Coping With Stress in Unhealthy Ways
Some may cope with stress by overindulging in unhealthy habits like overeating, alcohol, drugs, sex, social media, and chronic shopping. Rather than relieve stress, these habits give you a temporary high that won’t resolve the root of the problem. It’s important to confront stress head-on and find healthy ways to cope. By incorporating healthy habits, you will be able to win your battle against stress.
How Can You Deal With Stress in a Right Way?
You must recognize a stressful situation while it occurs in order to manage your reaction to it. By responding instead of reacting, you will be able to make a mindful decision which will help you healthily cope with stress. Below are helpful tools you can use to help you manage your stress.
While it’s natural to want to complain about stress by taking on a victim mentality, it’s better not to. Setbacks and hardships are a normal part of life. Instead of complaining or taking on a victim role, become proactive about your predicament. When a situation arises, devote your energy to finding solutions. This way you take the root of your stress head on, and even possibly resolve it. Being proactive will also help you feel more in control of your life.
Practicing mindfulness may help put you at ease to accept your stress. When you’re connected to the present moment, it puts your stress into perspective which helps you feel more relaxed. Taking deep, invigorating breaths for 5 minutes can help you achieve this relaxed state of mind.
Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle
According to several studies, exercise strengthens your heart, improves circulation, improves nervous system function, and pumps you up full of endorphins — which is a hormone that makes you feel good and relaxed. Any form of exercise will do because all exercise works the same! All you have to do is stay active and develop a regular workout routine. Once you have a daily routine in place, you’ll feel more better than you did before. Yoga, running, jogging, hiking, or even taking a stroll will help. In order to commit to a workout, find an activity that best suits you.
Drink Some Tea
According to a 2017 study published in the journal Nutrients,study participants were able to fall asleep faster when they drank a decaffeinated tea. In a 2010 study conducted in the University College London, participants who drank black tea over a six week period showed reduced stress levels. However, the best de-stressing tea is chamomile tea. According to a 2016 study, chamomile tea was able to relieve anxiety, depression, and even insomnia. In summary, decaffeinated teas are the best herbal teas to drink when you’re anxious or stressed out.
Practice Meditation, Yoga, or Ayurveda
Ancient ayurveda practitioners — yoga’s sister science — believe that to combat stress you have to find the root of it and change the pattern that caused it. According to ayurveda, stress originates in the mind. In order to combat stress effectively, you need to understand the 5 elements of ayurvedic medicine and their role in your body.
The 5 elements of ayurveda are Earth, Water, Ether, Fire, and Air. They combine and integrate in different ways to create your dosha — aka your body type. Vita, Kapha, and Pitta doshas are the main body types. When your dosha is out of balance, you need to follow a certain diet, and do certain yoga poses associated with your dosha to rebalance your mind and body. In short, it’s essential to eat a healthy diet specifically for your dosha, meditate, and practice yoga.
See a Counselor or Therapist
If negative thoughts keep you feeling overwhelmed and you can’t seem to get control of your stress, it’s probably time to talk to a professional. A professional can help you by providing coping techniques that work specifically for you. They can also prescribe you medication if necessary. If you’re struggling with stress to the point that it’s affecting your day-to-day life, it’s best to talk to a professional. Asking for help is the most important step to get better.
Managing your stress is important for your health, especially once you’re over the age of 40 and if you are constantly feeling overwhelmed. When unchecked, stress can increase your chances of developing chronic health conditions, and you’re even more likely to have a shorter lifespan. Developing good habits early on in life can help reduce your chances of developing stress-related illnesses. With stress out of your life, you will live a healthier, happy life. Get active and do something about your stress today!
About the Author
I am a holistic health expert from Siberia. Ayurveda, yoga, and shilajit are the main areas of my knowledge. Deeply intuitive I find that true healing surpasses the boundaries of the physical body and embraces the emotional, energetic and subtlest layers of our being. I help people to know how to be healthy and beautiful using only natural remedies. I believe that nature is the best source of human health.https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100011573790394