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Everyone gets overwhelmed sometimes. Life gets hectic, relationships get tested, and one thing happens after the next with no time to catch your breath.

If you struggle with mental health issues or addiction, these overwhelming moments can feel even more debilitating. Learning how to work through tough times is an excellent skill for anyone to have. Fortunately, taking the following steps can help when you feel overwhelmed.

#1. Write It Down

Journaling can be a great exercise to release emotions. Write down what you are feeling, who is involved, and what is happening. Writing down these details will help you to begin to notice patterns in your behavior.

#2. Visualize Relief 

Visualize yourself feeling better. Visualize yourself relaxing and letting all of the intense feelings and emotions go. Try activities such as meditation or yoga. Finding your center and visualizing the relief you need is a powerful tool to have.

#3. Take a Walk

If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, try journeying outdoors. Taking a walk can help to separate yourself from the situation causing you distress. The outdoors can help you to disconnect, relax, and clear your mind.

For many, being in nature can help them work through anxious thoughts and feelings by mindfully staying in the moment. Notice the birds chirping. Feel the rays of the sun on your skin. Pause at the ponds you pass by. Look at all the new growth you see.

#4. Talk It Out

If you are feeling overwhelmed, reach out for support. For some of us, support could come from family or friends. For others, this may be a mental health care provider.

Whatever support you choose, talk about what you are feeling and experiencing. Sometimes simply talking about how we feel can help us release emotions and see solutions we did not see before.

Feeling overwhelmed can be challenging. Sometimes it can be challenging even to know where to begin to start to feel better. Consider starting a journal to write down how you are regularly feeling and what triggered those feelings. You may also find relief in nature or through talking with your loved ones. Here at The Guest House, we know how hard it can be to change your thought processes and analyze your behaviors. We are here to support you and help you learn the specific tools and skills that you will benefit from the most. Call us today to learn more at (855) 483-7800.