50 ways to care for overwhelm

Emotional Overwhelm

Emotional overwhelm may be caused by stress, traumatic life experiences, relationship issues, and much more

As a Yoga therapist and Yoga Teacher Trainer, I work with people daily to reduce stress, build resiliency, and create ease. Even with all of that, I get overwhelmed and need support. One of the things I’ve come to learn is that we all need help. We all need our community and ways to calm ourselves.

50 ways to care for overwhelm

  1. Breathe
  2. Permit yourself to feel your emotions fully
  3. Describe the emotions
  4. Describe the sensations in your body or mind
  5. Journal your thoughts until there are no more
  6. Enjoy a cup of tea or something soothing
  7. Take a bubble bath or shower
  8. Turn on your favorite music, sing, and dance
  9. Take some time in nature
  10. Watch a comedy for a good laugh
  11. Take a walk or go for a run
  12. Have a good cry
  13. Do a guided meditation
  14. Make your favorite meal
  15. Take a nap or have a good sleep
  16. Hang out with your favorite pet
  17. Write a list of all the things you are grateful for
  18. Take a yoga class
  19. Call a friend or loved one
  20. Volunteer in your community
  21. Read your favorite book or something new
  22. Call a friend and go to a movie
  23. Go for lunch or dinner with a friend
  24. Do something creative, paint, draw, or color
  25. Listen to something inspirational
  26. EFT Tapping
  27. Find a chore to do around the house
  28. Organize a room in your home
  29. Stay hydrated
  30. Make a list of all the things you have already survived
  31. Check something off your to-do list
  32. Write down your strengths
  33. Take a hike, spend some time at the beach
  34. Make an appointment with a coach
  35. Take some time to step away
  36. Take a mental health day
  37. Ask for help!
  38. Enroll someone in taking on some of the pressure
  39. Call an old friend and get reconnected
  40. Close your eyes and listen to your heart’s answer to this question, “what do I need right now” and then do what it says
  41. Take a cooking class
  42. Go to a museum
  43. Go to the park and listen to children playing
  44. Repeat your favorite positive affirmation
  45. Ask yourself what would your grandma or mom say
  46. Have a games night with friends and family
  47. Watch your favorite movie
  48. Go for a drive
  49. Visit an animal shelter
  50. Talk to your doctor

If you feel emotionally overwhelmed for an extended period, you may benefit from seeing a mental health professional.

Do you have a favorite thing that helps you? Please share it in the comments!


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