This article was originally published on PhiladelphiaMFT.com. Be sure to check out their site for professional relationship and sex advice.

We often associate Summer with rest, fun and relaxation but just because its Summer doesn’t mean you can’t get overwhelmed with all of the things, people and relationships you have to keep up with. With school breaks and family vacations happening nonstop; it can be easy to get lost in the activities of life.

1. Stop and take a breath.
Sometimes just the sound of the words mindfulness and mediation can make you anxious but it doesn’t have to be that deep. Just taking five minutes for yourself to calm down can be just as effective as mediation. Stop, find a quiet place, and just breathe slowly and deeply until you feel like you have a handle on yourself.

2. Prioritize.
Feeling overwhelmed is usually a sign that you are doing too much. Take the time to look over your to-do list or current responsibilities and organize them by priority. It can be as simple as asking yourself what needs to be done versus what doesn’t need to be done today. Are their responsibilities that you can delegate or let go of? If so, drop them! Your wellness comes first!

3. Schedule it all.
Some people are overwhelmed when they have to keep up with a schedule but adding the structure to your life can help you feel more in control over your life. It may sound silly but even scheduling fun activities will help you to do something nice for yourself while not getting lost in all of the summer bbq invites.

4. Self care/ask for help.
If you do all of this and still feel overwhelmed or out of control, don’t be afraid to get outside help. It could be as simple as having a self care expert help you in a place that you lack; think personal trainer, nutritionist. A simple change like diet, exercise or getting more sleep can leave you feeling ready to take on the world. But if you feel as though your feelings of being overwhelmed are entirely too frequent for your liking, check in with a therapist; consistent and constant feelings of being overwhelmed could be a sign of anxiety or depression.

 

Alanna Gardner, MFT is a sex and family therapist practicing in Philadelphia. She is also a main contributor to TheUrbanRealist. For more advice and encouragement from Alanna follow her here.

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