Feeling overwhelmed is a natural part of life. There may be some days, weeks, months, and even years when simply getting through the day feels hard. Really, really hard.

The next time you feel overwhelmed, here are a few tips you can try to center yourself.

Take Care of Your Basic Needs

Sometimes when it all feels too big, it takes going back to basics for a reset.

  • Eat a nutritious meal.
  • Drink lots of water.
  • Exercise.
  • Get a good night’s sleep.
  • Shower and wash your hair.
  • Step outside for some sunshine.

Take Some Deep, Slow Breaths

If you’re anxious, a quick way to relax and lower your stress is by doing breathing exercises. Take a couple of minutes for yourself. Close the door to your office or room, and just breathe. This can make the difference between being overwhelmed and feeling like you’re in the flow.

Create a ‘No List’

Protecting your time and space can give you a sense of control over your life. If you’ve been dreading an upcoming baby or wedding shower, don’t feel obligated to attend. Replace what you don’t want to do with something you’ll enjoy. Healthy boundaries are critical in staying sane in a crazy world.

Be Kind to Yourself

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Remember that feeling overwhelmed is OK and perfectly natural and that the stress won’t last forever. Give yourself some grace — if you don’t run that errand or need an extension on that work deadline, the world won’t end. Nothing should come before your mental health.

Write It Out

Write down the reasons you feel overwhelmed or anxious. Expressing yourself freely allows everything to move out of your head and onto paper. Do this for a few minutes a few times a day or whenever you feel the tension building. It’s much better to write it out than to take it out on your unsuspecting friends and family.

Ask for Help

Your social support network is there for you to lean on if you need to vent or talk things through. Reach out to a friend or family member for a chat. Talk to your primary care doctor. If needed, they can refer you to a mental health professional to help manage your symptoms.

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