Stressed and Overwhelmed

"It's all too much..."



Are my Feelings Normal?

There are many things that can happen throughout your day that can lead to you feeling overwhelmed or stressed out. This can range from school, family life, your friends, etc. Feeling stress is a normal reaction to both good and bad situations. For example, if you’ve ever had a fight with a friend and felt really stressed, that would be bad stress coming from a negative situation. On the flip side, getting your license can be exciting, but it can also be a stressful experience. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when we are faced with too many commitments and responsibilities.


Should I be worried?

There is no one answer for this since it can be different from one person to the next.  Something that may cause you a great deal of stress for you may not cause the same reaction in someone else. However, stress becomes an issue when you feel like you are no longer able to manage it. If your stress lasts for an extended period of time, starts to get in the way of enjoying life and/or you experience negative side affects (e. g. constant headaches, insomnia, getting sick more often, anxiety, etc) then it’s time to do something about it. You may want to look at strategies to decrease and deal with your stress levels.


Tips For Prevention and Wellness

Although you may not be able to avoid situations and circumstances that cause you to feel stressed or overwhelmed here are some strategies to help maintain your wellness:

  • Don’t over commit yourself
  • Try to get organized and plan ahead
  • Eliminate or reduce caffeine consumption
  • Get enough sleep. (7-12 yrs need 10-11 hrs; 13+ need 8-9 hrs)
  • Eat regularly
  • Use positive Self-talk (don’t be so hard on yourself!)
  • Surround yourself with healthy relationships
  • Make time for your hobbies and interests (e. g. sports, seeing friends, going to a movie, pets)
  • Pamper yourself (e. g. getting a massage, taking a bath, etc)
  • Get involved in physical activity


Aside from these strategies it’s also very helpful just to talk to someone. When feelings of stress or being overwhelmed take over sometimes you may just need to express what’s going on with someone you trust. However, if you don’t feel you have someone in your life you can turn to for this you can journal your thoughts or use the variety of resources in your community. These can include your recreation centres, help lines, counselors, etc.



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