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What to Do When You Are Feeling Overwhelmed

What to Do When You Are Feeling Overwhelmed

When you feel overwhelmed, pause and write down exactly how you feel and why

Some days, everything seems to go wrong; other days, nothing happens, but you feel so overwhelmed that you think you cannot muster the energy to get off the couch. If you feel overwhelmed all the time, then know that you are not alone and that you can take steps to cope with your stress. It may be tempting to use drugs to escape your problems, but the better route is to find healthy activities that make you feel better. For example, instead of using opium to address your problems, speak with a therapist. In doing so, you can understand your problems and address them head on.

What Causes You to Feel Overwhelmed?

In the moment, it can be difficult to pinpoint what issues are causing you to feel overwhelmed. In fact, when you feel stressed, you may go into auto-pilot mode as you scramble to find the quickest way to erase whatever problems are bothering you. However, if you start to abuse opium to check out of life when you feel stressed, then it will do nothing to solve your problems. Indeed, getting high helps you forget about problems for a while, but it only delays the inevitable, as your troubles go nowhere.

If you struggle with stress and feeling overwhelmed, then you must identify the cause if you ever hope to feel better. Speaking with a therapist is the best way to figure out why you feel overwhelmed, because she can help you get to the bottom of your issues by giving you a safe place to talk. By letting you speak and asking the right questions, she can try to figure out your problems while yielding some insight, because she is trained in psychology and mental health issues. In short, a therapist can provide professional support that you cannot find anywhere else. If you see a therapist regularly, then you can not only identify the problems you face, but also learn to cope with them, which will improve your emotional and mental health as a result.

Stop Feeling Overwhelmed: Learn to Cope

Even if you attend therapy and practice what you learn, you will occasionally feel overwhelmed with life’s issues. Everyone has tough moments, so, if you do not learn to cope with them in healthy ways, then you will only complicate your life even more. Before recovery begins, many addicts abuse drugs at the first sign of trouble, so drug abuse becomes a crutch that allows them to run away from problems instead of owning up to them.

However, there are better ways to cope with stress than using drugs; in fact, healthy coping strategies reduce your stress level, make you feel better and are often fun[1]. All kinds of tricks and activities can be helpful, but the following list can help you deal with stress better than drugs can:

  • Keep a journal—When you feel overwhelmed, pause and write down exactly how you feel and why. It is easy to stew about some problems for hours, but sit down instead to write about your feelings without thinking too much. Writing in the moment can help you capture some thoughts that are hard to articulate, and it can instantly relieve some stress.
  • Get up and move—Boredom can be your worst enemy when you are stressed, so one of the best ways to combat stress is to get active[2]. Take a walk, play basketball, go on a hike, work out, just do something that requires physical activity. Exercise reduces stress, improves your mental state and prevents physical health problems, such as obesity and heart disease.
  • Calm down with breathing exercises—Short, shallow breathing can worsen feelings of anxiety, so deep breathing exercises (such as mindfulness meditation) stimulate your parasympathetic nervous system, the region associated with rest and relaxation[3]. Deep breathing helps you think more objectively about your emotions, and, after you learn to control your breath, you are always armed with a quick way to calm down.

With a little practice, you can learn to manage your stress in highly effective ways.

Can Addiction Treatment Help?

If you lack the coping skills to handle everyday stress, then life can feel like too much to handle without drugs. However, using drugs to deal with stress only exacerbates the problem, so, if opium adds to your stress and interferes with your life, then it is time to get help. Addiction requires professional treatment for recovery to work, and, until addiction is addressed, it is unlikely that your stress will decrease. Ergo, if you know someone with a drug problem, then call our toll-free helpline now. Our admissions coordinators can discuss treatment options, answer your questions about recovery and let you know if your health insurance will cover any of the treatment you need. Our staff are available 24 hours a day to address your concerns, and several treatment options are available right now; give us a call right now for professional support.


[1] Feeling Overwhelmed? 5 Tips that May Help by Margarit Tartakovsky

[2] Combating Anxiety: I’m Not Lazy, I’m Overwhelmed by Sarah Fader

[3] Get a Hold of Yourself: 3 Kinds of Deep Breathing by Therese Borchard