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What do you do when you're totally overwhelmed?

Asked by elchoopanebre (3074points) September 24th, 2008

Recently I have been so overwhelmed that I’ve lost my excitement to do anything. Everything has become a chore. Between going to class, studying for those classes, being the president of a student organization, trying to keep in touch with all my friends but having the strong sense that they’re fading away and think I’m ignoring them, and going through a recent breakup I have lost my will to do anything.

My first reaction is to cut back what I can but I’m essentially down to the bare minimum and I still have no time to myself or to do what I like (mountain biking, paintball, taking my dogs on a walk, etc).

What do you do when you’re overwhelmed?

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deaddolly's avatar

i do a pajama day or weekend, if I can. Just shut myself off from most everything and focus on me. Then I can re-evaluate what’s really important and prioritize. Works for me.

Best of luck to you. Sounds like you’re being pulled in too many directions. Take time to

willbrawn's avatar

do nothing for a day or two.
Sleep in, like really sleep in.
Do nothing all day, watch tv or a favorite movie
Maybe take a shower, it dosent matter just do whatever you want for the day. Put everything else out of your mind. When things like that happen to me I take a breath. Life is stressful.

Once you have relaxed think about whats the most important things to you. And then do them. But remember its not the end of the world when something dosent get done, or even if you lose contact with someone. Life will go on and you have a long journey ahead of you.

basp's avatar

I agree with dolly. I call in sick for any obligations I might have and spend the day reading a good book or whatever else I want to do. Puts things into a good perspective for me.

amandaafoote's avatar

I listen to Motion City Soundtrack, The Beatles & eat chinese food, but that’s just me… ;)

augustlan's avatar

Cry. Wallow in self pity for a bit. Dust myself off and start doing things again, one small step at a time. Good luck to you.

marinelife's avatar

It seems impossible to break away, but you can! The world will not end. Nothing will occur that can’t be fixed. When you hide out or go away to rejuvenate (as the others have suggested), remember before you go to imagine a footlocker, visualize dumping all your problems and projects in there, then locking it tight until you return to your regular routine.

Also, for the longer term, think about whether you should run the student organization. No time left for you is not a good situation. Maybe you can make a lesser contribution.

Good luck.

elchoopanebre's avatar

Thank you guys


edit: and gals

gailcalled's avatar

Prioritize. I assume that going to classes, studying and doing well academically is at the top of the list. The rest is up to you. Maybe see someone in the counselling office to talk about your recent break-up. That is painful, stressful and distracting. Exercise with your dogs (and perhaps a friend.) You are clearly on overdrive and about to burn out what ever auto part goes with this metaphor. Eat well and get enough rest.

SpatzieLover's avatar

*Weekend getaway to a nice hotel. Even just one night (even alone) away. Treat yourself to room service, while wearing the robe and slippers provided.

*Take a long walk out in nature (a beautiful park/lakeshore or conservancy) eat your lunch or dinner there.

*Go to your fav type of museum (art/automobile/train/history) and get lost in the exhibits for a while.

My advice, get out of what’s become your ‘norm’, be at one w/yourself, and with a fresh outlook, you should find yourself again.

mcbealer's avatar

sleep + exercise + volunteer

poodoodoll's avatar

get lost withing myself for a few minutes then breathes deeply and tells the other people to shut up. :)

Storms's avatar

Me? I give up.

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