For Those Of Us Feeling Overwhelmed Right Now

(Warning: this post briefly discusses Covid 19/Coronavirus, and references Anxiety and mental health problems)

This post isn’t a magical solution to feeling overwhelmed, but hopefully it’ll help a little.

Disclaimer time: I’m not a medical or mental health professional. I’m someone with my own personal experiences of Depression/Anxiety which may or may not be helpful to you. Always do what’s right for you, k? K.

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Sometimes it can be hard to keep moving forward. It can feel overwhelming as f**k, let’s be honest.

But to make it less overwhelming?

You have to take everything one step at a time — as goddamn irritating as that can be, sometimes.

Do you ever get to the point where just thinking about the stuff you have do to turns your brain into bemused* spaghetti?

Because I do that a lot.

I’ve done that with this post about five times.

(Luckily, I don’t get disheartened when I delete several paragraphs at a time.

Because sometimes those paragraphs were just scaffolding, and once you remove them, the stuff that’s left should be able to stand on its own (in theory.)

…This is a weird allegory/metaphor/whatever, but just go with it.)

*In my defence — do you have any proof that spaghetti isn’t bemused?!

I think a lot of us are feeling a little (or not-so-little) bit overwhelmed right now.

Whether we’re in lockdown, taking steps towards leaving lockdown, or wondering whether we should be in lockdown, things are uncertain right now.

And have been for the past year or so of our lives.

And hooman beans don’t always deal so good with uncertainty (I certainly don’t! …That pun was unintended. But I’ma leave it in.)

But! (And this is the secret!): It’s OK.

Because adulting and all that other stuff is hard enough without a global pandemic, k?

And what me and you have gotta do is just take everything one itty-bitty step at a time.

You want some simple, practical, tips though, yeah?

OK, I’ll try:

  • write sh** down — you won’t forget it, and you can prioritise more easily
  • be honest with yourself over what you can and can’t get done within your time-frame
  • accept that you can’t do everything
  • ACCEPT THAT YOU CAN’T DO EVERYTHING (I know it’s repeated — it’s that important.)
  • Rest. A lot. — Everything looks more manageable if you’re not exhausted (Hi! I’m Cee and I’m exhausted. So trust me on this.)
  • Make time for self-care — seriously, this is VITAL right now
  • remember that you don’t have to prove anything to anyone
  • take lots of breaks
  • ask for help — whether it’s help with the dishes, or going to the doctor for mental health issues, if you need help please ask for it. You deserve help, I promise.
  • break large tasks down into smaller tasks — sometimes, you can break these smaller tasks down again and make them teensy tasks
  • — Focus on one smaller/teensy task at a time.
  • — Ignore the overall large task — we don’t know her, we only care about the small task we’re working on!

The most important thing is that you go easy on yourself, and take things one tiny step at a time.

I know that sounds kind of cliche, but if it works it works!

Need help, or need to talk?

International readers can check for helplines in this directory, and readers in the UK and ROI can get in contact with The Samaritans to talk about anything at all.

Do you get overwhelmed sometimes?

Are you overwhelmed at the moment?

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Originally published at https://www.dorareads.co.uk.

International woman of mystery (able to confuse people in several countries) writer, blogger @ dorareads.co.uk , Queer, bookish rebel, Welsh, She/Her

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