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Thank you so much for reaching out to Asking Jude. I am so sorry to hear that you are going through a difficult time. When feeling overwhelmed, it may be helpful to discuss your feelings with a trusted friend, family member, or professional. Here is a link for a resource to find therapists near you: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists. If you are looking for a more flexible, cheaper alternative, Asking Jude offers a remote, pay-what-you-can peer counselling service. For more information, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Having racing thoughts or seemingly endless things on your mind can be extremely overwhelming. I would recommend writing out some of the most pressing things at the forefront of your mind. By putting these on paper, you may be able to more easily determine exactly what is causing you stress and therefore, more effectively address them.
I would also suggest setting time aside to do things that help you relax in order to soothe any anxiety you may have. This could include exercising, spending time outdoors, reading, or spending time with friends. Another thing you can try is practicing mindfulness or meditation with breathing exercises.
Here is an article that discusses how meditation can be used to help manage anxiety and feeling less overwhelmed: https://www.forbes.com/sites/alicegwalton/2015/02/09/7-ways-meditation-can-actually-change-the-brain/?sh=5d53d03d1465.
Here is a link to a mindfulness video you can try out:
You can also use a journal to write out how you are feeling, document your goals, or anything else that may be helpful in addressing all of the things on your mind. Here is an article that discusses the benefits of journaling for mental health: https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/encyclopedia/content.aspx?ContentID=4552&ContentTypeID=1
I also wanted to mention that it is 100% okay and normal to not be feeling or doing okay. You are so incredibly strong, and I know you will make it through this! If you continue feeling this way, please, do not hesitate to reach out for help.
Here is a resource that includes several hotlines/support lines in case you want to talk to someone at any time you may need: https://www.therecoveryvillage.com/mental-health/depression/depression-hotlines/
Please, don’t be too hard on yourself and stay strong. We are always here for you, so reach out again at any time.
Jordan Sadan <3