8 Things To Beat Feeling Overwhelmed!


Do you ever feel overwhelmed?  Has life got you constantly pushing and pushing?  Feeling as if you are on a hamster wheel feeling tired and drained?

At times like this, it is important to take some time and reconnect with what is important to you.

Here are a few tips that I use to refocus and recharge.

  1. Write a list of the things you do on a regular basis and then write a list of what you would like to do more often, the things that bring you joy. Do they match?
  2. Figure out what is important to you. And differentiate what is important to you as opposed to what is important to others.
  3. Learn to say yes to yourself more often and honour your own needs, don’t be afraid to say no to others. You probably heard this before, but it is important to get to grips with the fact that at times the word ‘No’ can be a complete sentence. There are times when the word ‘No’ is enough and you should not have to over complicate things by feeling that you have to reel off a mega explanation about why you can or cannot or will not do something that you do not want to do.
  4. Prioritise time to do the things you enjoy.
  5. Create your own night time and morning routines.
  6. As women, we tend to give so much to others at the expense of ourselves. Don’t beat yourself up if you do this, most of us have been or continue to do this to varying degrees.
  7. Eliminate things or people in your life that constantly drain your energy.
  8. Take time out or you may suffer the burnout.

Taking time out when you are overwhelmed is so important, you see, if you don’t you can experience burnout. This has happened to me in the past and trust me, it ain’t good.

Back in 2006, I was working full-time, I was in my final year of my degree at university and was a single mum of 4 young people. And to top it all off, I was in a ‘complicated’ relationship with an ex.

One day, I developed a tightness in my throat and neck, it wasn’t a sore throat, it was very different. The next day I went to the Doctor who told me that I was suffering from high blood pressure. Future tests revealed that my thyroid whacked.  My body was trying to tell me something. And I could not ignore it.  I had to delve deep into the tools I knew that would get me back on track. These were some of the things I implemented:

  • Rest – My Doctor signed me off work so that I could rest. I spent pretty much stayed in bed for 9 weeks apart from doing the essentials with my children I rested as much as I could.
  • Diet – I prepared foods and juices that would regulate my thyroid, lower my blood pressure and heal my body.
  • Meditation – Used the healing power of meditation to fix my body.
  • Exercise – Gentle exercise such as yoga and walks in the park helped me tremendously.
  • Deferred my final year of Uni – Decided to take time out from my course for 1 year (I went on to graduate with honours a year later).

After doing the above for a few months I felt much better and was able to come off the medication I was prescribed by the Doctors. I was very pleased. To be honest – I should have ended that dysfunctional relationship I was in at that point. However, I did end it further down the line.

So today, if I do get overwhelmed and frantic I go through all of the above to assess and prioritise what is important to me and do more of what I want to do. Try them yourself and let me know how you get on or share the things that you do when you feel overwhelmed.


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Love and Light…Until Next Time


Sonia xx

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  • Reply
    5th November 2017 at 7:21 pm

    I enjoyed this piece. As we women we do seem to pile up alot and never realised until our bodies react. I’m naturally an anxious person so I always having to find ways to stay calm and cope with a situation. The last time my body choose to act up on my I ended up in hospital having and ECG because I was experiencing palpitations. Motherhood is challenging but it also taught me how to be less serious and enjoy the smaller things in live.

  • Reply
    karen arthur
    23rd September 2017 at 4:33 pm

    Strong believer in lots said here. Having suffered burnout myself and not taken time out when I should have (too busy looking after everyone elses needs at work and at home). It affected me physically and mentally and I took a good 18 months to recover (and a change of career!) Exercise and a firm self care routine now take precedence in my life. Now I do have difficulty with number 7 on your list. What do you do with the guilt of needing to cut out someone from my former life who just isn’t serving my needs any more. I feel sorry for them. But their toxic energy is draining me. So I’m hiding and avoiding. Eeeek. I hate confrontation!
    Great post. x

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