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  • Writer's pictureMette Bloch

Head spinning out of control and near burnout?

When life feels like a constant race against time, and your thoughts are spinning out of control, it's time to take a deep breath and find a new approach. We've all been there – overwhelmed, stressed, and feeling like we can't keep up. But fear not, there's light at the end of the tunnel, and science actually has some pretty cool suggestions on how to tackle these challenges. So, let's dive into a couple of tips that can help you find peace in the storm, and I'll spice it up with a couple of scientific studies to back up the advice, keeping it light and understandable.


1. Take a break and be present

It might sound simple, but taking a break and practicing mindfulness or meditation can do wonders for your mental health. A study from 2016 showed that mindfulness meditation can reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression as well as improve attention and concentration. It's about allowing yourself to pause from the whirlwind of thoughts and just be in the moment, even if it's just for a few minutes.


2. Write it down

Another effective method to deal with overwhelming thoughts and stress is to write down your thoughts and worries. Research has shown that writing about your feelings and thoughts can help organize them and make them less overwhelming. It also gives a sense of having control over the situation. So, the next time you feel overwhelmed, try grabbing a pen and paper and jot down what's on your mind.


3. Prioritize and set boundaries

When everything feels important, nothing is. It's crucial to learn to prioritize your tasks and set boundaries for what you can and will take care of. A study from the University of Surrey showed that people who actively set boundaries for work and personal life felt less stressed and more satisfied with their lives. Start by making a list of your tasks and assess what really needs immediate attention and what can wait. Learn to say no when you need to, and remember, it's okay not to be able to do everything.



Scientific studies for inspiration:


Mindfulness meditation and mental health: I found a study supporting the idea that mindfulness can be a game-changer when it comes to mental health. The study shows how mindfulness meditation can help reduce stress and improve concentration. Link to the study


Writing as therapy: There's also research supporting the idea that writing down what stresses you can be incredibly therapeutic. It helps organize thoughts and provides a sense of relief. Link to the study


Feeling pressured and experiencing a flood of thoughts is something we all go through from time to time. But with the right tools and techniques – and a little help from science – we can find ways to handle it better. Remember, it's okay to take a break, it's okay to feel overwhelmed, and it's more than okay to ask for help. Life is a journey, and it's not about avoiding the storm but learning to dance in the rain.




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