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Five Things to Do When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed

10th March 2017

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Find an oasis of calm

I’m sure I’m not alone when I say I sway between feeling at ease and feeling overwhelmed. Stress has a tendency of creeping up and before I know it my balanced diet, exercise and meditation have been replaced with pressing deadlines. Annoyingly when I need self-care the most, it’s the first thing to go!

For many years I would tell myself I’d catch up on my sleep at the weekend, or I’d ignore how I was feeling and focus on my next holiday. This would stop me enjoying the small everyday moments and I’d often find I’d pick up a cold as a result.

Nowadays when I notice I’m drowning in commitments, I hit pause, take a step back and assess the situation. Although the last thing I want to do when I have a lengthy to-do list is stop, I know I’ll achieve more if I take good care of myself. So today I’m sharing a few things to try when life gets busy.

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1. Edit, simplify and prioritise

The most valuable thing we can do when we’re being pulled in different directions is assess what’s important. It’s good to stop and list everything including commitments, obligations and hobbies to decide if there’s anything we can drop, tweak, combine or postpone. I often find there are things I can remove or put off until later in the year. Establishing what’s important, simplifying and prioritising will help to restore the balance. Just make sure you always keep the things that nurture your soul and bring you happiness! (Creating a balanced life.)

2. Exercise a little self-care

If you’re feeling overwhelmed it’s wise to indulge in a little self-care. This could involve looking at your diet, how much sleep you’re getting, if you’re doing enough or any exercise and so on. Looking after your body will better equip you to cope with a busy schedule. And you’ll find your day is so much easier when you’ve had a good night’s sleep. It’s also beneficial to talk about how you’re feeling to a family member or friend. Sharing problems can make them feel smaller and it sometimes enables us to reach a solution. (A simple life edit and some self-care / how to get a good night’s sleep.)

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3. Book in some ‘me time’

This one will vary from person to person and you’ll know what activities you need. For some, this might be a few moments of solitude with a good book, a soak in the bath or getting lost in a film. While for others it may look like time with a friend, catching up with family or trying something new. Only you will know what lifts your spirits and makes you feel like yourself again.

4. Switch off and get outside

A great way to ease a busy mind is to switch off and get outside. Walking through a forest, taking in a beautiful view or watching the crashing waves are just a few things that will calm the mind. If you live in the city and don’t have time to get away, sitting in a park can refresh and restore. Just remember to put your phone on silent, be present and enjoy the sights and sounds around you. (How to be mindful in everyday life / the benefits of internet-free days.)

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5. Change your scenery

Escaping from the daily grind can work wonders. It clears the mind and helps us to see things more clearly. If you can spare a day to explore somewhere new you will almost certainly return feeling a little lighter. And if getting away isn’t an option, why not visit somewhere local? This could be a tourist attraction, museum or gallery. A change in scenery can refocus the mind helping us to better deal with a full schedule.

There are so many ways to ease the pressure when you’re feeling bogged down with commitments. It’s worth trying things out and sticking to what works best for you. If things don’t improve perhaps consider talking to a doctor or making a drastic lifestyle change. Long-term stress and overwhelm are not things to be taken lightly.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have a gorgeous day.

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  • Reply fashionforlunch 10th March 2017 at 7:51 am

    So many good tips and kind of needed right now! Thank you x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 10th March 2017 at 8:18 am

      I’m pleased the post was helpful and I hope things calm down for you soon.

  • Reply Lucy 10th March 2017 at 8:08 am

    Some great tips. Much needed at the moment X

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 10th March 2017 at 8:19 am

      Thanks, Lucy. I hope things calm down soon. Take care of yourself and have a lovely weekend.

  • Reply Sue 10th March 2017 at 8:17 am

    I find sleep helps with anything! Prioritising what’s going on too also helps you tick off the more urgent things

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 10th March 2017 at 8:30 am

      That sounds perfect. I hope you have a lovely day!

  • Reply kathryn 10th March 2017 at 1:17 pm

    I really believe in going somewhere new and having a change of scene too. It’s so refreshing xx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 10th March 2017 at 2:40 pm

      Thanks, Kat. A change of scenery makes such a difference, doesn’t it? I hope you have a great weekend!

  • Reply Lazy daisy jones 10th March 2017 at 3:20 pm

    I so know that feeling! I usually switch off my phone and open a bottle !! Xxx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 10th March 2017 at 3:25 pm

      Haha! That’s number six!

  • Reply Enchanted Pixie 10th March 2017 at 4:28 pm

    Great tips – I always find getting outside, even if it’s just ten minutes in the garden helps 🙂

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 12th March 2017 at 8:22 pm

      Thank you, Polly. Fresh air works wonders, doesn’t it?

  • Reply Alison @ Not Another Mummy Blog 10th March 2017 at 8:47 pm

    Love this post, Natasha. So much wisdom, here. For me, getting fresh air and a bit of distance to everything seems to help.

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 12th March 2017 at 8:24 pm

      Fresh air and a bit of distance sound good to me! Thanks for your kind comment, Alison.

  • Reply Fritha Strickland 11th March 2017 at 7:59 am

    I think everyone needs some me time to recharge don’t they. I love having time with friends and family but i don’t have the time to reflect and recharge I feel crazy! X

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 12th March 2017 at 8:25 pm

      Tell me about it! Taking time out makes such a difference. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply florenceandmary 11th March 2017 at 3:34 pm

    I’ll be making sure I have plenty of me time out when I’m on holiday in a weeks time that’s for sure.

    I hope you’re having a fabulous weekend

    Victoria x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 12th March 2017 at 8:25 pm

      Have a wonderful time, Victoria!

  • Reply Giulia Malano 11th March 2017 at 6:07 pm

    Interesting post! I like your blog, wanna follow each other?

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 20th March 2017 at 10:36 am

      Thank you!

  • Reply Lori 13th March 2017 at 11:37 am

    Fab tips especially the self care! I was so bogged down with everything i didn’t realise i’d got in a total rut! Started to the week fresh with good food, early nights and at the gym. Feeling more energised already x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 13th March 2017 at 5:40 pm

      Thanks, Lori. That sounds great!

  • Reply Victoria 14th March 2017 at 10:47 am

    Some great tips 🙂

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 14th March 2017 at 11:54 am

      Thank you. I hope you have a lovely day!

  • Reply Lizzie owen 15th March 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Im having a funny ol time of it at the mo, so it’s essential I do this…in fact, I’ve walked away from work to just declutter my mind, and even though it’s a bit of a drain on finances, my head is slowly coming back together again. We’re human, and need to remember that nothing is more important than our health…not even shoes!! ❤️

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 15th March 2017 at 2:04 pm

      Hi Lizzie, I’m sorry to hear you’ve been having a tough time. I think we all need to occasionally take a step back and it sounds like you are doing the very best for yourself. Take care and enjoy your day.

  • Reply Sophie 16th March 2017 at 10:11 pm

    Amazing tips as always! Thanks Natasha 🙂 AND the photos are masterpieces.
    I’m waiting for you on my site. Hugs, Sophie

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 17th March 2017 at 8:37 am

      Thanks for your kind comment. I hope you have a gorgeous day!

  • Reply laurasidestreet 16th March 2017 at 11:19 pm

    These are some fantastic tips and very doable – I have been feeling really overwhelmed this month and I know I need to find some time for me to practise some self care

    Laura x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 17th March 2017 at 8:38 am

      Thanks, Laura. I’m sorry to hear you’ve been feeling overwhelmed, I hope things calm for you soon.

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