Life has never felt more overwhelming than it does right now.  Whether it’s work, family, a combination of both, or simply keeping up with social media, there are countless responsibilities and distractions that can leave you feeling like you’re barely keeping your head above water.  But before you can even contemplate how to achieve the perfect balance between work and life, you must first identify the signs that you’re overwhelmed.  You need to be on the lookout for these three indicators, which you can also fix with some sage advice:

If you’re constantly tired, no matter how much sleep you get establish a routine. That starts with picking a bedtime, consuming a warm tea before that bedtime (our go-to is chamomile), and keeping a lavender oil–infused tissue by your bed to induce good, calm sleep.

If you can relate to feeling high-strung this could be another sign that you might be overwhelmed.  If you feel yourself becoming particularly irritable or anxious, steal a few moments to go somewhere quiet, once you’re in your quiet place, just close your eyes and take a deep breath through your nose while exhaling through your mouth.  Once that’s done, you’ll be better equipped to face the situation that irritated you in the first place.

Finally, if you find yourself procrastinating, this might be because the sheer enormity of what you need to get done can feel futile.  If that is indeed the case, make a to-do list and attack one item at a time. If you focus on a single task until it’s complete, you’ll make the progress that you need to make.


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What are your tips for overcoming feeling stressed or overwhelmed?