2020 has been a year like none other, am I right? Between dealing with COVID-19 stress, having to completely rebuild our routines, and adjusting to a new normal, we’ve gotten used to feeling overwhelmed. And as a perfectionist, I’m right there with you, and that’s why I’ve created a free self care tool to help.
I’ll be honest. The last six months have been incredibly challenging for me. At first, back in March, I felt fine. I chugged along, filling my schedule with whatever I could, because feeling busy made me feel normal. I signed up for online courses, downloaded Duolingo to practice my Spanish, started a new workout program, and kept working 10 hours a day. But quickly, my hyper-productivity caught up to me, and I felt even more overwhelmed, anxious, and burned out.
Thankfully, by incorporating a few simple changes, I’ve been able to combat my intense feelings of overwhelm, and I’d like to share five tips that have helped a ton.
Five tips if you’re feeling overwhelmed
Get extra sleep
Sleep allows our bodies to cope with extra stress. If possible, try to get 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Since I no longer commute, I’ve been aiming for 8 hours of sleep (and also prioritizing recovery practices).
Eat enough protein & healthy foods
When we’re feeling overwhelmed, it’s super common to crave sugary, salty, hyper-palatable foods. This can lead to blood sugar drops and fatigue, making us feel even worse. Instead, focus on getting enough protein (here are my 5 go-to protein foods), which can help stabilize blood sugar and keep you feeling full for longer.
Incorporate a mindfulness practice
Meditation and mindfulness are great weapons against feeling overwhelmed. If you need a little help getting started, I suggest Headspace, which has quick 3-minute meditations for beginners. There are many meditations (like this one) for when you’re feeling overwhelmed or stressed out.
I also incorporate mindfulness into my daily journaling practice. If you’d like to try journaling to help with overwhelm, my free COVID Self Care Journal might be a good option.
Move your body
Movement – really any kind of movement – can help you process stress and overwhelm. Whether you love running, lifting weights, doing yoga, or hiking, just try to move your body for a few minutes a day.
If you’re feeling incredibly overwhelmed, there’s no need to start a full out workout program. Simply incorporating a twenty minute walk can have huge benefits.
Add more self care when you’re feeling overwhelmed
With the new stressors 2020 brought to my life, I abandoned my self care routine to make time for more ‘doing.’ This led to burnout, elevated anxiety, and even more feelings of inadequacy because, I was completely off center. When we’re stressed, we quickly abandon self care and other activities that help us destress in order to make room for the dozens of things that we need to do.
That only works for a short time. Eventually, the stress catches up, and we have to deal.
Over the last month, I reincorporated practices that feel really good, took time to reset, and got back to journaling consistently. I made self care work for me.
But, so many women tell me self care is tough to figure out – and even more difficult in the 2020, COVID pandemic situation. That’s why I decided to create a resource to help – a COVID Self Care Journal to guide you through 28-days of self care.
This tool is perfect for you, if:
- Self care feels a bit like a foreign concept. You know you should do it but don’t really know what it means or how to incorporate it into your routine
- You’re feeling overwhelmed, burned out, or stressed out, but the idea of coming up with a self care practice is just ANOTHER thing to do. I’ve planned it all out for you, and all you have to do is show up.
- You’re looking for a little more peace and ease in your life. These are some of the exact tools I use when I’m feeling overwhelmed, and they’re guaranteed to bring more ease into your days.
I hope this helps! Feeling overwhelmed can be challenging – but incorporating these simple tips can help.