10 Things to Do When You Feel Run Down or Overwhelmed
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I feel fidgety and edgy. And I start to wake up eagerly anticipating my coffee (always a bad sign).
I’m sure this has happened to you at some point. Maybe it’s happening to you now. I always decide to take action before it gets any worse, because it can easily spiral out of control very fast.
It usually takes me a good two weeks to start to feel better when I implement these steps. I want to share with you what to do when you find yourself overwhelmed and run down or about to feel overwhelmed and run down:
- Pay attention to your body’ signals. Your body REALLY DOES know best. Follow its lead. The longer you ignore the signals, the worse the symptoms will get.
- Prioritize. Unless you can take off for a few days, you still have a job to do whether in your career or as a mother, or both. Whittle it down to the absolute basics and do ONE thing at a time.
- Delegate. Give yourself permission to delegate items on your to-do list to others. That way, you leave more time to focus on what matters most to you.
- Say No. Superwoman syndrome is pervasive but dangerous, so resist the urge to do it all. It’s OK to turn down obligations that don’t serve you and carve out time for YOU.
- Meditate (Super relaxing).
- Sleep-A LOT.
- Order in.
- Warm Epsom salt baths.
- Take slow walks.
- Schedule a Massage. Tension often lodges in muscles in your neck, back, and other areas of your body, so splurge on the occasional massage for a release and an hour dedicated solely to your relaxation!
Don’t let feelings of overwhelm become your norm, which is what we usually do. By adopting some of these techniques, you can trade a negative mindset for positive, productive, and potentially life-changing habits.
Dana Dinnawi is an Integrative Nutrition health coach specializing in empowering women to improve their health and family life. She received her training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where she studied more than one hundred dietary theories and a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods. She can be reached through her website and Facebook page.