How to overcome feeling overwhelmed at work and at home

Feeling overwhelmed, anxious or stressed from time to time is completely normal, but it’s important to give yourself some time, self-care and to recognise these emotions rather than brushing them off or burying them.

Try some of these tips when you’re feeling overwhelmed or stressed:

1. Breathe

When you find yourself feeling overwhelmed or stressed, a quick way to begin to alleviate these feelings is by putting aside a couple minutes and finding a calming area to practice breathing techniques. Deep breathing exercises are a great way to promote relaxation and lower your stress responses.

2. Say “no”

Create healthy boundaries for your wellbeing and give yourself time by learning to say no some things you may not want to do or feel up to, like attending a virtual happy hour. Just because you feel obliged to attend, doesn’t mean you have to. It’s ok to say no and do something you enjoy or taking time for some self-care instead.

3. Be kind to yourself

Feeling overwhelmed or stressed from time to time is normal and OK, it’s also important to remember these feelings are not forever. Be kind to yourself and put your mental health first, it’s ok if you don’t get to those house chores or need to ask for a deadline extension.

4. Reach out

Talking to someone can help alleviate the stress and sense of overwhelming you may have built up. Venting to a family member, friend or helpline service can help you recognise these feelings

5. Write it down

Writing your thoughts and feelings down is another effective way to recognise how you are feeling and free up your mind by getting those thoughts out of your head and onto paper.