A short guide on what to do when you're feeling overwhelmed.
Feeling overwhelmed is very common at this time of year when the social calendar, busy workloads, never ending school requirements, darker nights and of course the glum news all start to build up.
Before you can start to work on asking for help, slimming down your to do list, letting things go and putting new boundaries in place for a simpler, quieter week you will most likely need to work on emotional regulation and resetting your nervous system. Particularly if you're feeling 'on' with a runaway, frazzled brain and having trouble focusing and sleeping?
Emotional regulation is really important to work on when you're feeling overwhelmed. Finding a way that works for you and your mind by soothing your nervous system is a personal experience. Here are some of our ideas to help find immediate calm.
Practice the 5 senses methods to refocus our attention onto something other than anxious thoughts. So, how does it work? Engage your senses step by step to interrupt your thoughts and bring yourself back into the present.
1. Think about 5 things you can see, it can be super simple like a window, the carpet, a photograph, a tree, a calming candle and try and think of a nice moment or memory connected to it.
2. Next its touch, get tactile with soft and nice to touch things. Try feeling some soft bed sheets, a nice scarf, pop on some soothing, nurturing moisturiser infused with calming and soothing essential oils such as The Peace.
3.Three things you can hear, could you run a bath, listen to the birds, the noises outside? Create a playlist? The sound of bath salts tipping into a warm bath.
4. Its time to notice 3 smells. Using Aromatherapy during this process is incredibly supportive. Essential oils known for helping to ease anxious thoughts are; Frankincense, Bergamot, Rose Geranium, Lavender, Patchouli. Reach for The Quiet or The Peace Purest Essential Oil Blends. We've blended these to help you feel less frazzled, overwhelmed, calmer and more content.
5.One thing you can taste. Reach for a cooling glass of water or a cup of delicious herbal tea. Chamomile is also wonderful for anxiety and very comforting.
Breath. Pause. Reconnect.