What To Do When You Feel Overwhelmed

It happens. Sometimes we procrastinate, sometimes we just don’t care to take responsibility for the things we need to do. Sometimes, we are entirely the humans that we say we are (referring to making mistakes.) Nonetheless, that overwhelming feeling of not knowing where to start in your work can cripple you to seemingly no end. You may feel as if bricks are on top of your chest and you can do nothing to move them. However, on the contrary, you can! You can do what you are inclined to do for what ever reward – whether it be an external factor such as money or graduating, or an internal factor like proving something to yourself.

It seems like the pile of work will never end (photo by Walt Stoneburner)

It seems like the pile of work will never end (photo by Walt Stoneburner)

There are several things we can do to relax, to de-stress, to ease the burden on our shoulders. There have been several posts on distancelearning referring to this topic. Why, you ask? Well, simply put, it’s a reoccurring factor in our lives.

Tip One: Do Something Else

It sounds counter-productive. No, I am not saying this should be a common occurrence. You should not always run to something else when you feel stressed. But something productive that may aid in de-stressing may be just what you need! Go for a walk in the fresh air, stay inside and exercise, or maybe even paint a picture or write poetry. Whatever your fancy may be, do it! In times of high stress, it will prove to be effective. I, for example, just worked out for an hour and a half. Now, I feel phenomenal and am able to complete several assignments for several AP classes due tomorrow, as well as finish my quota for writing articles this week!

Tip Two: Pray or Meditate

Depending on your state of spirituality, this should be the first thing you run to. The prospect of coming back to self or a deity is calming, effective if you are a believer of a religion or philosophy, and allows you to de-stress fairly quickly. A great Bible verse (as well as others if you click this link!) to think of when you are in a state of overwhelm, is this:

Isaiah 40:30-31 Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

Tip Three: Listen to Calming Music

According to imom.com, listening to classical music for thirty minutes (which I am sure you could substitute for a more modern take – such as post rock) is comparable to taking ten milligrams of Valium – leaving a relaxing effect unlike any other! Looks like music affects us in more ways than one!

So hopefully, you will get better at feeling less overwhelmed due to keeping on schedule and not falling to the whims of procrastination. Thankfully, if you do fall under the spell of laziness, you will have this article to help you out!

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