Emotional Overwhelm | GUEST POST

This is a guest post written by Karin Brauner, a psychotherapeutic counsellor.

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Have you ever been in a situation when you feel like you can’t keep your emotions under control? Like they have taken over, your thoughts are all over the place and making a sensible decision is not going to happen? You just want to hide for a while or make the problem magically disappear. You’re talking to people near you at that point, but they aren’t understanding what’s happening to you. Why you’re so upset and speaking like that? What is going on? Nobody can help you at that point, not even yourself. You have dealt with stuff like this before, but this time it’s different. This time you’ve lost it all. Lost the ability to cope, to think, to breathe, to ask for help even. 

I’ve been there, we’ve all been there. It’s horrifying, unempowering and well, overwhelming! So how do we work through and out of the situation? The situation has ended and now we can look back at what happened in a more rational way. What could we have done differently? Is there anything we could have done differently? The answer might be a resounding NO, and that’s fine because when we are in overwhelm, anything rational is out of the window. The good thing is, we CAN do something to PREVENT situations like this from happening to us again.

Here are some strategies to develop in your life so that emotional overwhelm becomes more manageable and less horrifying when it shows up again:

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Rely on your friends and family

A strong support system means that we aren’t alone and won’t feel alone. Just knowing that people are there for us if and when we need them is a reassurance that gives us confidence and a feeling of safety. Even if they can’t really do anything to help, just having that hug or that presence next to you at a time of crisis will make a huge difference. Sometimes they can take care of the practical stuff while you recover from the strong feelings that might leave you unable to think or find the solution you need. It is a sign of strength rather than weakness to rely on others!

Keep active and fit

Keeping yourself busy with hobbies, and other activities such as pilates, yoga, going to the gym, going for walks, will help give you the physical strength and also the confidence that you can deal with different situations. Plus, exercising makes us feel good, doesn’t it? It’s initiating it that we might find more difficult, let’s be honest!

Feed your body and your mind

Eating healthy meals that we enjoy is also important because this will give your body and brain the energy and nutrients it needs to cope with what life throws at you. Reading personal development books or attending therapy or groups might be something to consider as this will help you think about things in different ways that might benefit you in times of crisis and overwhelm.

Stress management – meditation, quiet times, journal

Meditating and having quiet time is something I personally enjoy. These times let me recharge and get ready for what’s coming. Whether it’s having a think when I’m in the shower or walking to work, or resting on the sofa, it’s revitalizing and necessary for me to carry on and face the world again! Writing helps some of us get those overwhelming, sometimes judgmental and negative thoughts out of our head and on the paper. Try it and let me know how it felt to get them out of your system in a way.

Seek professional help

As a psychotherapeutic counsellor, it’s something I would automatically recommend, right? Well as a human being I would also recommend it, having gone to therapy myself as part of my training and as part of my life in general! I believe everyone should embark on a few sessions at least – it doesn’t have to be for years – to get more awareness about themselves, who they really are, who they want to be, what makes them tick. Professional help might also mean getting the support of a personal trainer, a nutritionist, a life coach, the list goes on!

Emotional overwhelm is not somewhere any of us want to be. Ever. But if we find ourselves in this situation, you have a few things in this post you can do to help yourself get back in control. If there is something that I can leave you with that might help when you are deep in overwhelm, even before you seek professional help or the support of family and friends, it is this: You are not alone, and emotions are temporary! They will pass, even if it feels they will last forever!

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This guest post was written by Karin Brauner who is a Bilingual Psychotherapeutic Counsellor based in Brighton and Hove, England. You can find her details below to connect with her. Be sure to let her know how much you loved her guest post over here.


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Thank you, Karin, for sharing your time and tips with my wonderful community! 

18 thoughts on “Emotional Overwhelm | GUEST POST

  1. Thank you Nikki for the opportunity to engage with your community and hopefully be a part of it from now on!
    Glad to see my post is being helpful already!
    Find more in self care and looking after yourself in my blog site!

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  2. Super helpful! One thing I notice that has been making a huge difference in my mental health is meditating. I try to get my friends to start meditating – since I know how beneficial it’s being to me, but they don’t take me seriouly. I guess I wouldn’t have considered it even a year ago… And I know I have to respect them and how they are more comfortable with their quiet time.

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    1. Meditation and practicing gratitude had an incredible impact on my mental health! It can be very exciting when we find things that help us. I understand wanting everyone to start but you’re right, sometimes people have to find their own way. If they see it working for you, they just might start. I think meditation can be a bit intimidating at first. I know I didn’t even know where to begin. A mentor of mine suggested I practice meditation in different ways and I didn’t even realize I was already doing it just not in the way that we usually picture it. I practiced meditation as I walked and just paid attention to my surroundings without thinking about other things. I practiced it as I washed the dishes. Even journaling was a form of meditation. It was only when I realized that I did it in a different way that I was able to attempt the more intimidating “mind clearing” kind. I’m so glad you found this post so helpful, it’s very nice to meet you Camila ❤

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      1. I’m so glad you enjoyed this guest post and were inspired with so many ideas! Be sure to check out the guest blogger’s site linked at the end of the post for more like this. Wednesdays are the days to look out for posts that support mind, body, and soul here by either myself or guest bloggers ❤

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    1. I know it can be hard. The results aren’t immediate and it takes practice. You might want to start with identifying what the cause of your emotional overwhelm is. Then notice how you feel leading up to that point. Learning what things trigger the overwhelm might be a good indication of things that you can work on removing from your life and replacing with something more fulfilling and healthy for you in every sense of the word. ❤

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