This can help if:
You can’t cope with life problems
Too much is happening, you can’t handle it
Everyone is pressuring you
You feel lost
Reasons people often feel overwhelmed
It’s common to feel so overwhelmed sometimes, to the point where you feel like everything is too hard. It can be difficult to work out why you are feeling so hopeless. Identifying the things that are contributing to the feeling will allow you to work out how to deal with it and get a bit of relief. Remember– it’s just a feeling and is likely to pass.
Some of the big reasons people get overwhelmed:
Someone is always on your back, and you don’t know how to deal with the situation
There’s a situation that you’re afraid of and you don’t know how to face it
You’re over-committed and feel like you’re in over your head– trying to get too much done
You don’t know what’s happening around you, and it’s getting you down
You’ve got to face it
When everything seems so endless, feeling overwhelmed is normal. Don’t worry– you can face it. You just need to figure out how to tackle problems and cope with things that aren’t going your way.
Figure out the real problem: Not what somebody else did or is doing, but what the real thing that’s overwhelming you is.
Figure out what you can change: Look at the problem realistically. What bits of it can you change? Remember, one of those bits might be the way you’re thinking about it.
Figure out how you will do it: Write down or type out all of the things you can do to make that change happen. Then scrap the unlikely ones, and give yourself a couple of things to try.
If you can’t change it, sometimes you have to accept it– and that’s not easy. Get some
information on coping skills and how they help or try meditation out to see if it helps you focus your thoughts a bit. If nothing is working
If you often feel overwhelmed, and none of these tips make a difference, there might be something more serious preventing you from feeling able to cope. Sometimes people get caught in a habit of negative thinking or being down on themselves, and need more help to get out of it. Learn about
- two of the more serious problems people often deal with. It can be hard to know where to find the right support you need.
is an anonymous online tool that recommends relevant support options based on what you want help with. Try
to learn about the support options available for you.
If you want to hear from others, watch this 3 minute video about how young people cope with feeling overwhelmed.
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