22 July 2022

Happy Friday Luv,

Is everything getting too much?
You’re not alone.

This feeling of being overwhelmed has become a constant state of consciousness for most adults.

It seems like we’re always running to the next thing, trying to keep up with our schedules, and of course trying to keep up with our friends via social media. And when you have a family and a job or a business, that feeling of overwhelm isn’t going to go away anytime soon.

But it’s important to understand that the constant feeling of being overwhelmed takes a toll both mentally and physically.

Stress has been linked to many illnesses and diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, ulcers and even cancer. Stress immediately weakens your immune system, making you more susceptible to colds and flu.

Think you’re already overwhelmed? Just wait until you are forced to take a few days or even a few months off due to illness.

Our fast-paced lifestyle requires our constant attention. You probably work more and take less time off because there is just too much to do.

When you’re constantly juggling your work, family, volunteering, and (dare we say it?) your own personal needs, it can feel like you’re living with an endless to-do list. This causes you to constantly feel overwhelmed.

If you can’t take time off or reduce your stress, it’s time to look at a few ways to manage the stress of everyday life so you don’t feel overwhelmed.

These tips are designed to help you manage your stress better so you can de-stress and lead a more relaxed lifestyle.

MEDITATE

I know, I know! If you’re already feeling overwhelmed, how will you ever find time to meditate? But that’s exactly why you need it.

When you have time to catch up on your favorite TV show or scroll through your news feed each day, you have time to meditate.

ASK FOR HELP, THEN ACCEPT

We like to think we’re capable of anything, and then when we take on the world, we find it’s a little more overwhelming than we anticipated. You would probably be amazed to see how many people would be willing to help you if you would just ask.

STEP BACK
You know that frustration you feel when you open too many windows on your computer or process too many things so that it just freezes? This is exactly what happens to your brain when you feel overwhelmed.

When too many thoughts are being processed, your brain doesn’t know what to work on first, so it freezes and nothing happens.

Take a mental step back, take a deep breath, and ask yourself. . . what is most important to me right now? How do I want to feel?

CREATE LIMITS
Learn to spend your time wisely; You only have so many hours in a day. Think about the things that matter most and make them a priority.

Set your limits on what you will adopt and what is not so important. Make sure you put your family, friends, and personal time on your list of priorities. Once you’ve decided what to focus on, set boundaries around those activities and don’t allow anyone or anything to change them.

Remember to put yourself at the top of the list. If you are run down or exhausted, you will do no good to your family or friends who may need you.

Take care,

Jeanetta Cardine

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