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6 Tips to Help When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed.

 

Do you ever question when we feel overwhelmed or anxious that our first reaction is to fight or flight? 

This is because our brain plays a role in how we process our emotions, causing our bodies to react to what we are feeling.  

If we can discover what is at the center of our anxiety, and learn how to resist instead of trying to control what’s going on around us, we can change the way we think, see, and  feel. 

Dr. Becky Bailey of Conscious Discipline says, “Many times, we try to control what’s happening around us instead of what’s in us.”

So instead of reacting, take time to pause, take deep breaths and exhale. This will cause your heart rate to slow down, releasing endorphins through your body causing you to feel calm, helping you to take back your power and gain control over your emotions.

 

1.       Deep breathing: Taking three deep breaths sends oxygen to the thinking parts of the brain helping to shift your subconscious, giving you clarity.


2.       Acknowledge what you can control:  Know what you are capable of handling to avoid unnecessary worry.


3.       Meeting your needs: Make sure to have someone in your life that can help you see things from a different perspective.


4.       Willingness to be grateful:  Starting your day with positive affirmations helps effect your ability to cope with stress. Whether it’s in the morning, the evening or before you go to bed, name one thing you are grateful for each day.


5.       Accepting reality: Life is not always going to be easy, however, if we lean into acceptance and accept the things we cannot change, we are able to move forward in situations.


6.       Celebrate:  Give yourself credit where credit is due. It is important to recognize times you feel successful.