Situations and daily activities can make us feel overwhelmed with emotions. People can get so overwhelmed that they lose focus and coordination. In most cases, people cannot tell when they are overwhelmed and they continue with their lives as if nothing is wrong. Being overwhelmed can lead to serious issues and problems, most of them mental, which is why it is important to spot the signs of feeling overwhelmed and handle it immediately. Below are 6 action steps to take when you feel overwhelmed.
Recoginize The Signs
As mentioned earlier, a lot of people cannot tell when they feel overwhelmed. The truth is, nothing ever happens without the signs being noticed. Even the most dangerous illnesses that seem to come out of nowhere can never come up without a sign. Same with feeling overwhelmed. It may be very subtle, but they are definitely there. For some people, it could be instant like increase in breath rate or heartbeat, and for others, the signs can linger over time in form of loss of appetite or weight, social withdrawal etc. If you cannot spot the signs yourself, speak to your doctor for help. The sooner you recognize the signs, the easier it will be to get help.
Get Rid Of All Emotional Attachments
You should know that the feeling of being overwhelmed is purely emotional and not really physical. This means you may look and act completely fine and normal, but you are an emotional mess. Once you have picked up the signs, the next thing to do would be to get rid of the emotional attachment you feel to the cause of the problem. You will never be able to find the solution to your problem, neither will you feel better if you are still attached emotionally to the cause of the problem. Try to see things differently, and use your head instead of your heart.
Get Away Physically
As important as it is to detach emotionally, so is it important to also do so physically. Take a walk if you have to. Leave the place, room or area where you notice the signs coming on. This way you can think straight on a clear head and a breath of fresh air. The earlier you do so, the better it will be.
Think About It
Now that you have removed yourself from the situation, it is time to actually think about what happened and the cause of it. Are you feeling this way because you are reacting to a certain situation? Does the situation remind you of something? This and many more are the thoughts that you should consider as to why you are affected by something. Once you have thought about it, the next thing to do is to find a solution to it.
Now you have thought about it, and possibly come up with a solution on how to make yourself feel better and avoid feeling this way in the future, the question on your mind is, how are you going to do it? What are the tools at your disposal that can help you get tackle the problem and get results? Take accounts of what you have that can be useful in your pursuit of finding relief. Find out what you have and what you do not have. Some of these things you require may be your area of weaknesses, and hence, beyond your reach. Then you can know when to get someone else to help.
Even if you make all the plans in the world, they will all be futile if you do not get to work on them. This is the part where you get out and do those things you have planned. Get all the help you need, and take things easy. Do not jump headlong into the whole plan, take your time and make sure you get it right.