You Are Not Alone :: Feeling Stressed and Overwhelmed

We have all been there – when those moments of frustration have escalated and you have reached your absolute breaking point. Something that started small has become bigger and bigger and now you are completely tapped out and frustrated. Frustration over a messy kitchen, dishes in the sink, spilled coffee on your pants, toys left out all over the living room, and those piles of laundry in the corner.

So, how can you get rid of the anxiety and irritation to re-center yourself? One simple answer is just to step away from the situation. Go for a quick walk to clear your head. Pop in your earbuds and listen to some calming music or your favorite podcast while you enjoy some Vitamin D.

Reaching out to a friend or family member can sometimes help to work through the underlining issues that are causing you to feel overwhelmed and anxious. Talking to your tribe always helps to remind us that we are not in this alone and our feelings are valid.

My go-to, when I’m feeling frustrated, is to just write it out. When I’m feeling stressed or defeated, it helps me to put all those emotions down in a journal. Writing it all down on paper allows me to cool down and step away from the situation. Getting it all out keeps me from bottling it up inside and is my type of free therapy. Once I’ve calmed down and regained control of my emotions, I can read my journal with a clear head. Sometimes just reading it back to myself, allows me to visualize what is going on and what is causing my frustration. I am then able to get out of my head and back on track.

Taking a few minutes during the hustle and bustle of the day to slow down and take care of yourself is so important. The buzzword “self-care” is necessary for your mental well-being. Self-care is simply allowing yourself to press the pause button. Practicing intentional, thoughtful self-care allows us to fill up before we are empty.

Your family and mind will thank you.

Elizabeth Boudreaux
Elizabeth and her husband Nicholas have been married for 13 years. They live in Geismar with their 3 children, Addison (9), Parker (5), and Laurel (2). She is from Franklin, LA and moved to Baton Rouge after receiving her Master’s in Business Administration from Southeastern Louisiana University. She is a Budget Administrator for the Department of Public Safety. She relies on sarcasm, a dry sense of humor, and the occasional cocktail to deal with the daily demands of motherhood. She loves crawfish, clean sheets, vacuuming, and the latest crime documentary on Netflix.


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