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How to Cope with Feeling Overwhelmed

Part 2 of The Wonder Woman SeriesDo you feel overwhelmed or stressed often?

Do you find your mornings being hurried more often than not? 

Do you leave work only to rush to pick up your children to taxi them to their extracurricular activities?

Do you work the majority of the day while also making sure bills are paid, appointments are scheduled, and other related tasks are done? 

Are you just plain exhausted at night? 

You Are Amazing

Women are amazing. I’m know I’m not telling you anything new. In 2019, women are shouldering SO many tasks. Feeling overwhelmed or stressed is common…though not okay. You likely feel exhausted mentally and emotionally from time to time as you try to keep up with the demands of life. You don’t have to even have children at home to feel overwhelmed as a woman. Working while trying to manage household responsibilities, maybe have a social life, work out, and pursue your interests and hobbies is exhausting in and of itself. 

The Roles We Juggle

Women have so many pressures on them. The pressure to be thin, be an excellent mother, to excel at our job, to look pretty, to look put together, and on and on. Here are just a few of the roles woman fill each and every day:

  • Mom
  • Wife/girlfriend
  • Sister
  • Daughter
  • Friend
  • Employee/business owner
  • Neighbor

Within each role above, there are even more roles. For example, as a wife/girlfriend, you may be the one that does most of the cooking in the home. Preparing meals, itself, requires a lot of time and energy because you have to plan, shop for, and prepare the food. Another example is the role of a mom. Moms are so many things: problem solver, homework helper, counselor, coach, disciplinarian, and teacher to name a few. 

Taking Care of You

With the many hats woman wear, it is imperative that you prioritize yourself in your daily schedule to avoid feeling overwhelmed. This can be so tough because, as women, we tend to feel guilty or that we are being selfish when we take time to ourselves. Or we feel like we just have to much to do to step away for self-care. I like to use the example of when you are on an airplane, and they are going over safety procedures. They tell you to first put the oxygen mask on yourself before you can help others. When’s the last time you put the oxygen mask on yourself before the other people in your life? 

Saving Yourself From Feeling Overwhelmed

Here are 4 Tips to Save Your Sanity:

  1. Give yourself some mental rest during your day. Take 5 minutes at the very least to step away, close your eyes, and take some slow, deep breaths.
  2. Take 15 minutes and go for a stroll outside. It’s amazing what a little sunshine and movement can do. 
  3. Write/journal some of the things that may be on your mind, both the good or bad. Just get it out of your head.
  4. Do some super simple stretches. There’s something about stretching that gets the blood flowing and gives more mental clarity.

So Wonder Woman, you’re a pro at juggling life’s demands, but what does it matter if you’re in a perpetual state of exhaustion? Prioritize you in your schedule. If this is an area where you struggle, and life has you feeling drained, I’d love to help you start feeling more like yourself again. Call or email me at 904-204-9308/[email protected]

Maria Inoa

Maria Inoa

Maria Inoa is a licensed clinical social worker and the owner of Full Potential Counseling. With over 12 years of experience, she specializes in working with women on building healthier relationships with themselves and others. She strongly believes that women are warriors and that every woman has worth, significance, and purpose. Maria provides in-person sessions at her office in the Ortega area as well as online sessions for the busy woman. For a free phone/online consultation or to schedule a session with Maria, call 904-204-9308 or email her at [email protected]