Life has never felt more overwhelming than it does right now. Whether it’s work, family, 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. According to Katy Batt of Mind Body Green, you need to be on the lookout for these three indicators, which you can also fix with some of her advice:
If you’re constantly tired, no matter how much sleep you get, Batt recommends establishing a routine. That starts with picking a bedtime, consuming a warm tea before that bedtime (Batt suggests chamomile), and keeping a lavender oil–infused tissue by your bed to “induce good, calm sleep.”
Batt goes on to note that feeling high-strung is another sign that you might be overwhelmed. “If you feel yourself becoming particularly irritable or anxious, steal a few moments to go somewhere quiet,” she writes. 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, Batt says 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.
For more signs that you’re feeling overwhelmed, check out Mind Body Green, and pick up a copy of Overwhelmed: How to Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time for more information.