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Relax: Finding A Balance

Everyone feels overwhelmed at times. It’s part of being human. In her article, “When it’s all too much,” Wellness Journal magazine author Harriet Griffey urges women who are feeling overwhelmed to “take a moment to reflect and you’ll soon be back on track.” Griffey goes on to explain, “However organized we are, there are times when it seems events conspire to overwhelm even the most resilient of us. We may pride ourselves on our ability to juggle, to be constantly available and on top of things, but this can sometimes mask underlying anxiety, or an inability to delegate or just say no. This is when feelings of being overwhelmed can arise.”. Fortunately, there are ways you can tackle feeling overwhelmed on your journey to finding balance in your recovery.

Strike a Balance

Finding a balance that works for you must be very individualized. What one person can handle may be too much for someone else. When it comes to practicing balance to decrease feelings of overwhelm, Griffey states, “Regardless of what causes these feelings, the trick is to be self-aware, to recognize if things are mounting up, and to take a step back rather than get to the point where it’s all too much.”

Finding a balance between your priorities can be difficult. Griffey’s advice is to “Just pause, think it through, break it down into manageable chunks, and put one foot in front of the other until the task is done.” Although you may be doing all of these things, you still might have moments where you feel overwhelmed. That’s okay! No one is perfect! If you’re struggling with feeling overwhelmed, check-in with yourself. Have you been saying yes to everything lately? Maybe you need to start saying no in order to achieve everything you want to achieve. Or, you can ask for a helping hand.

A Helping Hand

If you struggle with asking for help, know that you’re not alone. “Perhaps we’re worried about seeming incapable, or fear being refused, but often a task that feels overwhelming could be easier to face with a little aid,” says Griffey. “Knowing when you need support isn’t a sign of weakness; it shows that you know your own strengths and those of others around you. Many people will do what they can to help — and you might be able to reciprocate at some point.” Expecting yourself to be able to do everything on your own is unrealistic. You don’t have to do all of the things on your to-do alone. Ask for a helping hand when you’re feeling overwhelmed.

Villa Tranquil Recovery is here to be your helping hand as you learn to communicate and create healthy boundaries on your recovery journey. If you’re ready to make a change, call us today at 214-799-3080.