I'm feeling overwhelmed

I feel like this is too much to handle - I can't cope with everything happening at once.

In the Moment

Take a deep breath. Hold it for 5 seconds, then breathe out through your mouth. Repeat this as many times as it takes for you to feel calmer and clearer.

 

Remember, most things can wait, so take it one step at a time.

Read

Declutter Your Mind: How to Stop Worrying, Relieve Anxiety, and Eliminate Negative Thinking

Learn about the causes of feeling overwhelmed, helping to reframe negative thoughts and turn problems into solutions.

 

The book claims to “teach you the habits, actions, and mindsets to clean up the mental clutter that’s holding you back from living a meaningful life.”

 

So, give it a try and let us know if it works for you.

 

Written by S.J. Scott and Barrie Davenport.

Listen

Honest Designers Podcast: Dealing With Mental Health

Designers discuss their own experiences with mental health, and offer an honest look at how mental health can affect those working in the design industry.

 

If you work in the design industry, then you’re probably familiar with the particular stresses that exist for many of those who work within it – and that was more pronounced than ever in 2020.

 

It’s nice to listen to podcasts like this, hear from those in your industry about their experiences, and learn how to overcome common hurdles many others in your position are faced with every single day.

Watch

NOWNESS: In Residence

A Nalla favourite, exploring the homes and living spaces of architects, artists and designers.

 

NOWNESS is renowned for producing insightful and creative content, and this YouTube series is no different.

 

The cinematography, variety and individuals featured make this a captivating, and very calming, watch.

Do

How to Do Basic Mindful Breathing

Mindful breathing is a basic practise of mindfulness, to help calm down, focus or reset. It’s essentially slowing and deepening your breathing to regulate your oxygen intake, and trying to clear your mind of distractions and thoughts in the process.

 

Here’s one we’ve tried before to help get you started:

Sit in a quiet place free from distractions.

 

Sit up straight, close your eyes and breathe in through your nose whilst counting to 5.

 

Hold your breath for a count of 6. Then count to 7 as you slowly breathe out.

 

Repeat this until you feel calm and still.

 

All you need to remember is 5,6,7.

 

In for 5, hold for 6, out for 7.

 

Simple.

Talk

Anxiety UK

Well-known charity providing support if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.

 

Phone: 03444 775 774 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm)