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

Anxy Magazine

Lovely-looking magazine looking to undo some of the many stigmas surrounding mental health. Recent themes include ‘Masculinity’ and ‘Workaholism’.

 

If you’re looking for a beautiful piece of work to thumb through whilst also learning a thing or two about the realities and struggles of others, then Anxy Magazine is for you.

Listen

The Calmer You Podcast

Hypnotherapist Chloe Bretheridge is on a mission to calm your brain down.

 

Shhhhhhhhhhhh.

 

Have a listen to her massive catalogue of episodes, featuring some fantastic interviewees plus suggestions and hacks for building confidence, being happier and ‘quieting your inner critic’.

 

Guests on the podcast come from the world of mental health, personal development, nutrition, medicine and many more – so there should hopefully be lots of these episodes that you find useful in some way or another.

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Soap ASMR Videos

Autonomous sensory meridian response, or ASMR, is something that has gained a huge following in the past decade or so. AMSR is commonly described as a tingling sensation, starting on the top of your head, moving down the neck and into the spine. It feels a bit like the spider-like head massager tools that were popularised in the early 2000’s – basically, it feels absolutely bloody delightful.

 

And when it comes to ASMR content, there is nothing quite like soap ASMR videos.

 

Feeling stressed or overwhelmed? Watch people cut and crush soap into piles of crackly, colourful goodness.

 

These kind of videos are great for sleeping, too.

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

Rethink Mental Illness Charity

Rethink Mental Illness offer support and advice for people living with mental illness.

 

Phone: 0808 801 0525 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm)