Hello, my name is Faith and I've been managing depression and anxiety for as long as I can remember but I am not a mental health professional. If you need help finding a mental health care provider call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or visit BetterHelp to talk to a certified therapist online at an affordable price.
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It can be hard to focus on self-care when you’re busy, overwhelmed or struggling to manage your time. However, it is supremely important to pay attention to what you need during stressful times. Take a few minutes and ask yourself what you really need and how you can take care of yourself. Here are the things I do for self-care when I’m busy AF and feeling stressed out. I hope this list of self care for stressful times gives you some ideas for when you’re really busy.
Whenever I have too much to do I start ruthlessly cutting things off my to-do list. Try to pick the top two or three things you need to do and just focus on those things. Having a long ass to-do list when you’re stressed out doesn’t serve you. Whenever I have a lot going on I get laser focused and just pay attention to getting a couple things done I feel a lot less stressed out. Staying focused on just doing one or two things at a time can help keep you from feeling overwhelmed by everything you want to get done. If writing things down helps alleviate stress for you go ahead and write out a mega to-do list with all of the things you want to get done but then make the choice to ONLY focus on one thing at a time. If you worry about getting every single little thing done it can be overwhelming and stressful.
Move Things Off Your Plate
When I’m really busy I completely ignore things on my list that don’t actually need to get done. Would it be great to grocery shop and do laundry? Yes but will the world end if I cut it off my to-do list? No. Get super focused on what you need to achieve and what you need to do and get rid of all the extra things that add stress to your life but really don’t freaking matter at the end of the day. Moving things off my plate always makes me feel way better when I’m stressed out and overwhelmed. Decide what things HAVE to get done and what things you can choose to let slide.
Stay In The Moment
Practicing mindfulness can really help you when you’re stressed AF. When you feel your mind start to worry about the past or the future bring yourself back to the current moment. Try doing some grounding meditations to practice being aware of the present moment. Staying in the moment when you’re really stressed can be really difficult but just start paying attention to your thoughts and when you catch yourself worrying about the past or future gently remind yourself to come back to the present moment. If that seems too difficult try doing a mindfulness challenge. Pick a chunk of time (30 minutes, an hour, a day, whatever) and challenge yourself to stay in the present moment during that time. The more you practice the easier it gets and staying in the present moment is a great way to manage stressful times.
Get Rid of Negativity
If you’re stressed out try to surround yourself with positive energy. If you don’t have any positive people to hang around with start listening to inspirational podcasts and watching inspiring speakers on YouTube videos. If there are specific people bringing you down or being negative try to intentionally limit your time with that person. Try to do activities that make you feel good and bring up your positive energy. Have a dance party, say affirmations or eat your favorite meal. Intentionally do things that are going to make you feel good and cut out the negative crap in your life.
Ask For Help
I have a whole podcast episode about reaching out for help with mental health you can check out here. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and having a hard time there is not shame in reaching out for help. If you don’t have friends or family to lean on, hire someone to help you. Hire a house cleaner, therapist, coach or whatever kind of help you need. If you have a good support system let your friends and family know you are going through a stressful time. Sometimes just admitting that you’re struggling can make you feel better and help you manage stress.
I am not a licensed therapist. If you are suffering from a major disorder and need treatment please seek the help of a professional. If you need help finding a mental health care provider call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or visit BetterHelp to talk to a certified therapist online at an affordable price. You can download a free printable list of hotlines here and join the free mental health support group on Facebook here. This post contains affiliate links, you can read my full disclosure policy here.
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