Self-love and overwhelm are two important things that I help people deal with daily.
They may sound like two entirely different concepts, but there is a distinct overlap. It’s crucial to work on self-love to reduce any feelings of overwhelm.
Here’s how you can work on appreciating yourself and be free of overwhelm:
Self-Love: Self-love is the foundation of good mental health and overall well-being, which translates into waking up every day, feeling happy. It involves accepting and appreciating yourself as you are, flaws and all. Here are some tips for cultivating self-love:
Practice self-compassion: Treat yourself with the same kindness and understanding that you would offer to a friend when facing difficulties or setbacks.
Self-care: Prioritise self-care routines that nourish your body and mind, such as exercise, meditation, a healthy diet, and adequate sleep. Treat yourself to that expensive facial, you’re worth it.
Set boundaries: Learn to say no when necessary and protect your time and energy from draining or toxic situations and people.
Positive self-talk:Replace self-criticism with self-encouragement and positive affirmations. Exactly as you would do with a friend.
Gratitude: Regularly reflect on your strengths, achievements, and the things you’re grateful for in your life.
Seek support: Reach out to friends, family, or a professional when needed to work through self-esteem and self-love challenges.
2. Overwhelm: Overwhelm can result from various factors, such as stress, a heavy workload, or a busy lifestyle. It’s important to manage overwhelm effectively to maintain a healthy mental state:
Prioritise and organize: Make a to-do list and prioritise tasks. Break them into smaller, manageable steps to avoid feeling overwhelmed. Make your to-do list more doable. Be reasonable (and kind to yourself) about what you can feasibly manage each day.
Practise saying no to things and to people. Don’t overcommit yourself. Politely decline additional responsibilities or activities when you’re already feeling overwhelmed.
Creating better boundaries: is difficult to start off but will bring you more respect in the longer term.
Time management: Set boundaries on how you allocate your time, and use time management techniques like the Pomodoro
Technique Pomodoro Technique: What It Is and How to Do It (insider.com) to enhance productivity and reduce stress.
Learn to say no: Don’t overcommit yourself. Politely decline additional responsibilities or activities when you’re already feeling overwhelmed.
Self-care:Ensure you’re taking time for self-care practices, including relaxation, exercise, and hobbies that bring you joy.
Seek support: If overwhelm persists and affects your mental health, don’t hesitate to seek help from a professional.
Remember that self-love and managing overwhelm go hand in hand.
When you love and care for yourself, you are better equipped to handle stress and prevent overwhelm. If you’re feeling overwhelmed despite self-love efforts, it’s essential to take the necessary steps to address the sources of stress and seek help when needed to regain balance and well-being.