The suggestion to take one day at a time is a good one; however, sometimes even a day is too much to handle. Your To-Do list is overwhelming. You have too much information to digest. You have too many options to make a decision. Sometimes one bad event leads to another until there is snowball effect…even in the summer.
Sometimes we become overwhelmed because we didn’t say, “Enough” soon enough. The signs are there, but you don’t recognize them. You know you have to move from living one day at a time to one moment at a time when you start to exhibit some of the following symptoms:
What to Do
Some of these symptoms are more extreme than others, but each of us is likely to experience at least one of these symptoms from time to time. Some of us will experience these symptoms more intensely or more frequently. Only you can decide when you have reached your limit.
Frequent and Intense Symptoms
In some of cases, you may already feel like you have reached your limit and regularly feel overwhelmed. You may be depressed and anxious. You may want to seek professional help. You have enough on your plate. Don’t let your feelings be yet something else that overwhelms you.
Occasional and Manageable Symptoms
If you are experiencing symptoms but still believe you can manage, here are some tips (a potentially overwhelming list) that may help to alleviate some of those feelings:
Everyone feels overwhelmed at some point in their lives. Circumstances change. One minute you can feel like you have everything “relatively” under control (no one’s perfect) and then the next you can feel like things are spinning out of control. It could be a cancer diagnosis or an epileptic seizure, where each one feels like a setback. It could be a baby who never seems to stop crying, where sleep (at least for you) seems only like a dream. Your situation at work may have reached new stress levels. There are so many circumstances that can cause you to feel overwhelmed. Just remember, if one day at a time is too much, live for the moment until those feelings of being overwhelmed subside. At some point, you have to believe, things will get better. Until they do, try to take control of your life by minimizing your stress and, if you can’t, seek professional help. There is no need to do this alone.
Over 30-years of writing experience, over five years as a cancer survivor, and a lifetime purveyor of wit and laughter.