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What To Do When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed Or Just Dog-Tired

Simple steps to relieve stress and get back on track.


Eek!!! You have 27 deadlines in the next week, work a full-time job and feel like the world is caving in on you. You hardly ever see your family, you want to make time for everyone and everything, but you feel drained and run-down.

What do you do when you run into this predicament and you're feeling utterly and completely overwhelmed?

1.Take time for yourself!

Whether this means making time to go to the gym, hit that yoga class or read that book that's been sitting on your nightstand forever, make sure you're taking care of yourself as well. You can't be everyone's Superman if you're stressed and overworked. Make sure that you're actively making time for yourself and things that you want to do as well as meeting your goals. There's no job or committment that's worth constant attention.

2. Don't commit to more than you can actually accomplish.

If you're anything like me, you probably think you can do 27 different things at the same time to 100% of your ability, and I'll be the first to tell you — you can't! Pick things you're really passionate about and keep doing those things, and reconsider things that are more stress than they're worth. Maybe drop a club, lighten your class schedule or consider cutting your hours. Just a little bit more free time will give you the freedom you want to do the things you care about.

3. Make sure to talk to other people.

Don't let your friendships go to the wayside or miss out on family time because you're too busy to have a little fun. Having a social life will refresh you and make you more ready to accomplish your goals! If you've been meaning to make plans with that friend from high school while you're home or you want to hit up that party Friday night, make sure you're making time to do those things occasionally!

4. Set deadlines for yourself.

Write down a plan of what you want to accomplish for the day, week and month, and then actively focus on those things. If you want to go to the gym three times a week, plan out when you have time to do that and work it into your schedule. Setting up a weekly schedule can help eliminate a lot of anxiety, and you can work in times where you can be productive and focus on other hobbies.

5. Sleep!

This is a big one. If you're overwhelmed, you probably aren't sleeping a lot and therefore are actually LESS productive during the day. Make sure that you're taking time to sleep and rest, as your body will get run down and you'll end up getting sick or injured, causing an even bigger time delay in checking things off your to-do list. Sleep is one of the biggest things we overlook when stressed out or overwhelmed, but it can actually help the most with anxiety and stress

What are some of your biggest tips for staying calm when life gets hectic? Share them! I'd love to learn more ways to reduce stress!

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Everything You Will Miss If You Commit Suicide

The world needs you.

You won't see the sunrise or have your favorite breakfast in the morning.

Instead, your family will mourn the sunrise because it means another day without you.

You will never stay up late talking to your friends or have a bonfire on a summer night.

You won't laugh until you cry again, or dance around and be silly.

You won't go on another adventure. You won't drive around under the moonlight and stars.

They'll miss you. They'll cry.

You won't fight with your siblings only to make up minutes later and laugh about it.

You won't get to interrogate your sister's fiancé when the time comes.

You won't be there to wipe away your mother's tears when she finds out that you're gone.

You won't be able to hug the ones that love you while they're waiting to wake up from the nightmare that had become their reality.

You won't be at your grandparents funeral, speaking about the good things they did in their life.

Instead, they will be at yours.

You won't find your purpose in life, the love of your life, get married or raise a family.

You won't celebrate another Christmas, Easter or birthday.

You won't turn another year older.

You will never see the places you've always dreamed of seeing.

You will not allow yourself the opportunity to get help.

This will be the last sunset you see.

You'll never see the sky change from a bright blue to purples, pinks, oranges, and yellows meshing together over the landscape again.

If the light has left your eyes and all you see is the darkness, know that it can get better. Let yourself get better.

This is what you will miss if you leave the world today.

This is who will care about you when you are gone.

You can change lives. But I hope it's not at the expense of yours.

We care. People care.

Don't let today be the end.

You don't have to live forever sad. You can be happy. It's not wrong to ask for help.

Thank you for staying. Thank you for fighting.

Suicide is a real problem that no one wants to talk about. I'm sure you're no different. But we need to talk about it. There is no difference between being suicidal and committing suicide. If someone tells you they want to kill themselves, do not think they won't do it. Do not just tell them, “Oh you'll be fine." Because when they aren't, you will wonder what you could have done to help. Sit with them however long you need to and tell them it will get better. Talk to them about their problems and tell them there is help. Be the help. Get them assistance. Remind them of all the things they will miss in life.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255

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Dear Anxiety, Thank You For Everything You Do And What You Make Me Do

My anxiety definitely isn't an easy thing to handle, but I wouldn't give it up for the world.


I've always been a worrier. As long as I can remember, I've spent hours upon hours overthinking even the simplest of things, like whether or not something I mentioned in passing twelve years ago could have upset someone. Even ask my mom, she'll tell you all about the times I used to worry about silly little things since I was able to really worry about things at all. Now, worrying about literally everything that crosses my mind may seem like a hassle, and it is, but I truly don't think I would be where I am today without it.

Anxiety is a bitch. There, I said it. Short and sweet. It sucks, in all honesty, and is one of the hardest things to overcome that I have ever experienced in my lifetime (Not that it's been all that long, but you get what I mean here, right?) I spend so much time worrying that I barely take the time to sit back and look at how much I have accomplished rather than how much I have left to do. For example, I have four assignments and exams standing between me and summer but am I focusing on how little that is to do? Nope. I am spending every waking hour panicking about when and how I'm going to finish that work when I know full well that I have more than enough time to do so.

Yes, my anxiety keeps me from seeing the positives sometimes, but it really does motivate me. I mean, why else would I be up at three in the morning writing a paper that's due in a week when I work at 7 a.m. and have more than enough time in the next week to do it? Thanks to anxiety, I'll be exhausted for the next 24 hours, but hey, that work that doesn't need to be done for a long time is done and I can sleep later. Or so I think right now. I'm sure some little assignment or task will pop up that I have to finish by June that I feel the need to cram for right now.

So I guess this is my thank you to my anxiety. Thanks for motivating me by causing daily breakdowns over dropping a bobby pin behind my mini fridge or a page long paper that I have to turn in in two months. Thank you for keeping me on my toes constantly and pushing me so hard that I somehow ended up so far ahead in my classes. Where would I be without you? Probably a lot calmer, but with piles of assignments to finish at an appropriate time.

Thanks for everything you do - and make me do.

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