Sun. Jul 3rd, 2022

10 Signs You are Overwhelmed & How to Fix It

There have been times in my life where I have been incredibly overwhelmed.  I’m sure many others can relate.  The stress of work life, home life, and everything in between, can feel like a lot to handle.

I’m lucky I was able to pull myself through those difficult times, and I am grateful for the lessons I have learned along the way.

I still have my bad days, this would not be life if we did not experience a few storms along with our rainbows, after all.  But, I have learned techniques that have helped me pull through these difficult times.

I am now able to better recognize signs that I am overwhelmed early on, and to implement self-care strategies to help pull me out of that space.

Self-Care?  What’s that about?

Simply put, according to Oxford dictionary, the definition of self-care is “the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health.”   You will notice self-care strategies all throughout this post, because it is a crucial aspect of overcoming feeling overwhelmed.

So, today, I wanted to share with you what I have learned from my experiences, in hopes of being able to help some of you out there.

Here are some signs that you may be overwhelmed, and some suggestions on how you can try to overcome this.


You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, nor does it replace, professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have any concerns or questions about your health, you should always consult with a physician or other health-care professional.

Let’s get started…

#1. You Have Difficulty Sleeping or You’re Sleeping Too Much

When you are overwhelmed, your sleeping patterns may change.

You may notice you are restless throughout the night, and unable to get a good night’s rest, despite how tired you may feel.

On the other hand, you may be sleeping too much.  You may find yourself sleeping in too long, or yearning to spend any down time asleep.

This may start to take a toll on you, since a healthy sleep schedule is important to maintaining one’s mental health.

Try This ↓

  • Stick to a night time routine.  This will hopefully (eventually) train your brain that it’s bedtime.
  • Go to bed at a reasonable time each night (not too early, or too late)
  • Practice relaxation exercises before bed to help calm the mind, such as meditation, yoga, progressive muscle relaxation, etc.
  • Consume a soothing drink before bed, such as a chamomile tea
  • Fall asleep to a scent that helps foster relaxation and sleep, such as lavender

#2. You Are Always Tired, No Matter How Much Sleep You Get

This point relates to the one above.

When overwhelmed, your mind is on overdrive.  This can feel exhausting and may leave you feeling tired all the time.  This fatigue may persist even after you have gotten some sleep.

Try This ↓

  • All tips from #1 apply
  • Eat healthy foods that give you energy
  • Exercise, not only provides mental health benefits, but may also tire you out enough physically to help you sleep and get a better night’s rest.

#3. You Lack Energy

As mentioned with the above two points, you may feel a lack of energy when overwhelmed, and generally more fatigued each day.

Try This ↓

  • The tips I’ve mentioned above would work here as well

#4. You Are High-Strung / Anxious

You may be feeling high-strung or anxious most of the time, with the inability to calm down or relax.

Try This ↓

  • Tips above will also apply here
  • Take little breaks throughout your day to help ease your nerves.  For instance, going for a walk or grabbing a healthy snack, throughout your day
  • Limit or avoid caffeine and alcohol
  • Find time to be active.  Exercise helps relieve stress and improve mental health.

#5. You Are Stressed Out

This point is similar to #4.  When you are overwhelmed, you may notice your stress levels increasing, for even things that you once thought were minor.

Try This ↓

  • All tips above also apply here
  • At work, speak with your manager to ask for additional time to work on/complete tasks that have been stressing you out.
  • Take a Mental Health Day off work
  • Break large tasks down into small ones, and focus on completing the small ones (one at a time) instead
  • Establish more balance in your life, i.e. greater balance between work and play.

#6. You Have a Loss of Appetite or You Are Overeating

You may notice a change in your appetite, either under-eating or over-eating, when you are overwhelmed.

Try This ↓

  • Try establishing an eating routine, by eating at regular times each day, and sticking to that.  Your brain will learn to follow this.
  • With loss of appetite, try eating smaller snacks throughout the day, and eating a bigger meal when you’re feeling most hungry
  • Eat healthy foods that give you the most nutrition and energy, often these will have you feeling full longer (i.e. healthy fats and protein)
  • Limit caffeine intake as this will also add to loss of appetite
  • Exercise, and reducing your stress and anxiety (with the tips mentioned above), can also help you establish and maintain healthy eating habits

#7. You Have Difficulty Focusing

Because you’re high-strung and restless, this may lead to difficulty focusing.

Try This ↓

  • Break down large tasks into smaller ones
  • Establish a plan of action, and write your plan down.  When things are written down, they can become easier to follow
  • Make lists and check off completed items as you go
  • Take little breaks throughout your day to refuel, and refocus the brain

#8. You Lack Motivation

You may feel less motivated to do things, and start to procrastinate.  Although you may be swimming in To-Do’s, you just can’t seem to find the motivation to actually get any of them done.

Try This ↓

  • Check out the tips I’ve mentioned for #7, they apply here too.

#9. You’re Keeping To Yourself More

You may notice you are becoming more withdrawn, and spending less time with others.

I’m not saying there is anything wrong with being an introvert, or extrovert for that matter, I’m simply saying you will likely notice a difference in your level of interaction with others, whatever that level was.

You may be keeping to yourself more and limiting your socializing, because being around others may begin to feel like too much effort or a chore.

Try This ↓

  • It’s okay to take some time for yourself.  Take this time to improve your well-being by doing activities you enjoy, such as reading a book, watching a movie, etc.
  • Implementing much needed self-care strategies will help re-energize you, reduce the effects of you feeling overwhelmed, and get you back to being your healthy and balanced self.

#10. You Are Moody / Emotional

You may feel more emotional than usual, or moodier.

You may be on edge emotionally, less patient, and lash out at individuals easily.

Try This ↓

  • Speak with your doctor if you are feeling depressed, or are concerned about your overall emotional state
  • Call 911, or a crisis line near you, if you are feeling suicidal
  • Confide in a good friend, it helps to feel heard
  • Try counselling.  There are free counselling services available at your local community health centre, if money were a concern.
  • Take time for yourself and implement the self-care strategies mentioned all above (and others that are effective for you).

There you have it.  I hope you find some of this useful.  Here’s to living a life of greater balance, and overall wellness.

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