Emotional health is as important as physical health. The mind has a powerful influence over the body.

Life’s challenges can seem overwhelming at times. Learn to recognize when you are feeling overwhelmed. Examine why you are feeling overwhelmed.

Make a list of things that you can do or eliminate to make your life more manageable. Here are a few suggestions.

  • Prioritize the responsibilities in your life
  • Take one thing at a time
  • Learn to say “no” to activities that you really don’t want to do
  • Avoid the tendency to feel guilty if you decline an invitation, a function, or a volunteer activity
  • Continue those hobbies that you enjoy and that relieve your stress level
  • Exercise regularly
  • Eat a balanced diet and avoid excessive caffeine or alcohol
  • Talk with your friends about your feelings
  • Talk to a mental health professional if you remain overwhelmed and need assistance in finding balance and well-being
If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, phone 911 for emergency attention or phone 2-1-1 for a referral to a mental health professional.