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

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.

Watch

Headspace Guide to Meditation, on Netflix

Headspace Guide to Meditation is a new Netflix show, narrated by the gentle voice of Headspace co-founder and ex-Buddhist monk, Andy Puddicombe.

 

If you’re new to meditation and mindfulness, this show gives you the tools and guidance to start the journey to a calmer you. It also includes some lovely animations, which are super relaxing to watch as you slowly unwind.

 

Perfect viewing before bed or after work.

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)