In today's episode of The Psychology World Podcast, we'll be talking about the clinical psychology topic of What to Do When You're Overwhelmed.
As always nothing on this podcast is ever official nor professional mental health advice.
This episode has been sponsored by Developmental Psychology: A Guide to Development and Child Psychology. Third Edition.
I'm going to talk about the topic of feeling overwhelmed today because with the craziness of Pandemic and the things that others have going on in their lives. It's easy to feel stressed and overwhelmed. Leading to a decrease in mental health and possibly an increase in depression and other mental health conditions.
3 Tips to Help You (or your clients) when you're feeling overwhelmed:
Recognise Your Recognise:
I know this isn't probably what you or your clients want to hear but recognising your own feelings is important. Since you need to recognise them and think about how to deal with them.
For example, I sometimes sit in my bedroom and make myself think about my thoughts and feelings. This allows me to think about if something is wrong.
Also, if there is something wrong I think about recent events and I think critically about them.
For example, if someone moaned at me. This could harm my mental health then I think about and recognise I'm feeling sad. Then I consider why they mentioned it and it's usually out of love. Making me feel better.
In addition, I know at first Denial and forgetting our feelings might seem like a good idea. This is rarely the case because it leads to a build up of negative emotions and thoughts.
Leading to a further decrease in mental health and possibly physical difficulties. Like, tension, stress and aggression.
Find a Source of Consistency:
Overwhelm tends to be caused due to stress and uncertainty in someone's life. So, finding consistency is a must.
This can be in others but it can be in themselves too. For example, some find consistency in their values and other personality traits.
Even the thought of them being a good person what matter what can help.
For instance, it always brings me comfort to myself to know that I'm a good person who wants to help others.
Find Something You Can Rely On:
This point is split into two different points. Since this is talking about finding a person but it can be a time or memory as well.
You should try and find a person who you can rely on to support you and adds certainty to your life. For example, this can be a boyfriend, wife, mother, father or more.
However, this can be a memory or job as well. Because the real point of this idea is you need to find out what gives you a sense of calm and stability.
Therefore, if a type of activity gives you a sense of calm and stability. Do it!
If you love looking at family pictures, then do it!
Do whatever makes you calm and adds stability to your life.
I really hope you enjoyed today’s episode and found it useful.
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