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Stress and Overwhelm Make It Hard To Move From Complaining Into Contentment

Life can be incredibly demanding. It is easy to become so burdened that you think you will never be able to get ahead. Such a fast-paced world can truly make it difficult to find satisfaction and happiness. When you are feeling at the end of your rope, you are not likely to have the energy you need to push forward or to think positively. During these times, when we are drained, it is easy to fall back into old habits. Stress and overwhelm make it hard to move from complaining into contentment. There are ways you can keep pushing ahead, though. You can still be optimistic and hopeful. I will show you how in today's blog post.

Overwhelm Leads to Inaction

When you are feeling overwhelmed, it is tempting to just shut down. Your body and mind's natural reaction is to settle into a pattern of inaction. It can feel like it makes more sense to do nothing at all when you are so overburdened with duties and deadlines that you cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel, anyway. This is a dangerous place to be. It sets you up for negative issues such as depression, anxiety, and despair. You will feel defeated. Contentment is a long journey from this place. That is why it is important to get a hold on your overwhelm before it can take over.

Identify the Source

To beat the stress and overwhelm you are under; it is important to identify the source or sources so that you can devise a strategic plan. The pressures you are dealing with could be coming from various places in your life, but it is still a wise idea to narrow them down to the primary aspects so that you can deal with things in the most efficient manner possible. Identifying your triggers and making a plan of action to deal with them will help you to feel empowered. This motivation can carry you toward making progress, rather than simply allowing yourself to be pulled back down into survival mode or inaction.

How to Beat Stress

Getting a handle on your stress can help a great deal when it comes to taking charge of your complaining, as well. When you feel less overwhelmed, it is easier to be proactive and mindful in your decision-making. You will be better able to choose a different path beyond mindlessly venting your frustrations. There are lots of ways to work on taming the stress and overwhelm in your life. I will share with you just a few of my favorites here. First, it is important to take care of your body. When you are feeling physically healthy, you are better prepared to manage the mental aspects of life. So, take care to eat well, get plenty of rest, move your body and stay hydrated. It is also essential to determine your priorities. Not everything can be accomplished, as there are only so many hours in a day. Give yourself permission to let some obligations go and focus on the ones that matter most to you. It is also incredibly beneficial to learn to delegate tasks to others and to ask for help, along with avoiding people who are toxic influences. Choosing your tribe wisely can have a tremendously positive effect on your stress levels.

These are my top suggestions for take control of the stress in your life so that you can approach problems strategically, rather than just complaining all the time. You will feel so much better when you combine stress management with effective problem-solving. Give it a try.


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  • Virginia Allain – You are onto how to help yourself and that is a huge part of the battle. I have to do things also just to keep me up and going! Thank you for your comment.

    Cindy Rae Fancher
  • Elisa Heisman – Bless you Elisa. I am glad this spoke to you.

    Cindy Rae Fancher
  • Amrita – Thank you very much!

    Cindy Rae Fancher
  • I can identify my stress sources very specifically (politics and the pandemic). Getting out the vote is my way of dealing with the one stressor and doing creative activities with my vintage dolly is my pandemic coping plus having a pandemic victory garden on my patio.

    Virginia Allain
  • This is such a timely and important post. And it is so hard not to complain when overwhelmed. I try to notice the good things around me and in my life – kids, shelter, food on the table. When I start from there, I realize that I have a great support system behind me for whatever I’m dealing with in front of me.

    Elisa Heisman

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