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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

When You Wake Up Feeling Overwhelmed

Some mornings from the second I open my eyes I'm hit with a sense of panic and feel completely overwhelmed. The day already seems too much before it has even started. I think to myself 'how am I going to get through another day?!'.

I may have planned things I need to get done on that day but from the word go my brain is just not co-operating. All I want to do is wrap myself up in bed and hide under a blanket; I can't even get the motivation to get dressed or brush my teeth.

However, I'm beginning to teach myself ways in which I can better cope with this feeling, rather than just accepting my fate, going back to bed and getting nothing out of the day. I'm beginning to realise that even though these feelings are very real and overwhelming when I'm feeling them, they will pass. So what do I do when I wake up already feeling too overwhelmed to get on with the day?

Accept How I Feel


This might seem obvious but simply acknowledging how I feel is the first step towards feeling better. Denying negative feelings is not going to make them go away; there's no point forcing myself to push on with the day as normal if it feels too much, just hoping that my anxiety will magically disappear on it's own. Instead, I acknowledge that I'm feeling particularly under the weather, and try and go a bit more easy on myself on that day.

Take it Slow


So I've acknowledged that I'm not feeling my best and that pushing myself to do too much is only going to be counter-productive. But instead of going back to bed and doing nothing, it's important I encourage myself to do even little things. Perhaps the first step is just getting up and making myself a cup of tea and eating breakfast. There's no time pressure, but sometimes I find after I've done a few little things, I start to feel calmer and more prepared to face the day, which leads on to my next point...

Basic Self-care


On days like these, even getting dressed feels like an impossible task. However, I've learnt that not carrying out essential acts of self-care only leaves me feeling a whole lot worse mentally. Therefore, even on the bad days I encourage myself to get dressed (even if it's just into loungewear), brush my teeth, wash my face and eat breakfast. It's amazing how much lighter fresh breath can make you feel. I don't even necessarily do all these things at once, but instead spread them over an hour or two. The main thing is that I do them.

One Thing at A Time


You know when you look over your never-ending to do list and it's so daunting that you don't even know where to begin, so you just don't? When faced with this I think it's better to isolate maybe one or two tasks that you want to complete on that day, and just focus on getting them done.

However, it's also important to rest when you need to. Sometimes stress is a way of our body and mind telling us we're doing too much and need to take a break. Remind yourself that it's okay if not everyday is productive.

Thanks for reading.
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  1. You made some really good points in this post. I have struggled with anxiety and panic disorder for many years. I go through times where I wake up overwhelmed and panicky for weeks at a time. It's a horrible feeling and for some reason, it wakes me up at like 4AM. That's a horrible time to wake up because everyone else is sound asleep and that's when I need support. I try everything to calm myself down. I try to force myself to get ready for work and get through the day. It is miserable and I dread the day this happens again. What I really appreciate you saying is that sometimes it is okay to take a break. Maybe our bodies are telling us it needs to rest. My family always said to try to push through and keep things as normal as I can and keep working but it is almost impossible. I am just learning to take things day by day and to not put so much pressure on myself. Thanks again!

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    1. I'm so glad you found some of my points useful. Whilst I believe it's sometimes good to carry on as normal and not let our anxiety control our lives, I also think it's extremely important that we recognise when things are becoming overwhelming, and we don't push ourselves too much during these times. Taking things day by day can sometimes be the best way to go about things! :)

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  2. Loved this post!

    I have all the exact same feelings as you. Recently, I have been waking up and wishing I could just go back to sleep and disappear. Even if I'm just having a day at home, I still feel beyond overwhelmed. My anxiety feels so heightened at the moment and I'm not sure why. I feel physically sick thinking about living another day like this. Like you, I have all been trying to give myself little things to do to get me through the day and so far it's helping me a little bit. Of course my anxiety and depression is there but I can keep my mind active to stop it from getting worse.

    Thank you for making me feel less alone <3

    Sophie x
    www.petalsofperfection.co.uk

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