Being a college student is no easy feat. Especially during senior year, so many things can weigh on your mind. As much as I would love to say it’s all easy breezy, sometimes everything can pile up and it can all feel like too much to handle.
This semester got off to a crazy whirlwind of a start. But I am so thankful for it, because I have learned how to deal with being little overloaded and overwhelmed. So I am going to let you in on my tips and tricks on what to do when you feel overwhelmed.
- Take a Deep Breath
When I am feeling overwhelmed it is easy for me to get caught up in everything and wallow in the emotion of being overwhelmed. Trust me, this gets you absolutely nowhere. The first thing to do is just take a deep breath and pinpoint what exactly is causing you to feel overwhelmed. Maybe this means taking a walk, or a hot bath, or just spending some time doing something that makes you happy.
- Write Everything Down
When you have a busy schedule and lots going on, it is easy to forget things, or just stress about something over and over again because you’re worried you will forget it.
I am a very visual person, so writing down a list, or two (or five) helps me visualize what I have to do that day. And once it’s all down on paper, you go from worrying about everything to only worrying about 5 things.
The great thing about writing everything down is you are able to focus on one thing at a time. And once you start checking everything off, you can feel so accomplished and your stress will slowly go away. This is just my little way to keep myself accountable for everything on my to-do list.
- Use Your Support System
Having a support system is so important. When you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed, they are there to SUPPORT you. I’m not even ashamed to say that the first thing I did when I was feeling overwhelmed, is I called my mom. Having someone to vent to and someone who cheers you on through hard times makes life so much easier. Your support system is like a little group of cheerleaders, and they help you remember that you can be your own cheerleader too!
- Learn to say “No”
If you are overwhelmed with too many things going on and you feel like you don’t have time to do it all, the last thing you want to do is add more to your to-do list. It is totally OK to tell someone “no” when they ask you to do something, or say “no” to joining another club or committee. And if you feel the need to give an explanation, just say “Sorry, my schedule is very busy right now. But I would love to get in touch with you when I have more time.” And you should definitely not feel bad about it! Taking care of you is the first priority!
- Give Yourself Something to Look Forward to
This is by far the most important step. Sometimes when you feel overwhelmed, it is easy to work yourself to the bone. But to keep yourself refreshed and energized, it is important that you schedule some fun time. Find a day or a time of day when you have nothing scheduled and take advantage of it! Go try a new restaurant, see a movie, go shopping, or adventure to someplace you have never been before! Plus having something on your calendar to look forward to can motivate you to crush your goals throughout the week!
Being overwhelmed, especially in college, is completely normal. But there’s no reason to keep feeling that way. Hopefully by following these steps you will see that you can go from being overwhelmed to being motivated to get out there and crush all the things on your to-do list.
What are some things that help you when you’re overwhelmed? Leave some tips-and tricks in the comments below.