How can I feel better when I'm feeling overwhelmed?
June 7, 2011 6:00 PM Subscribe
How do I keep my chin up when I’m feeling overwhelmed in every part of my life?
posted by gumtree to health & fitness (9 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
I’ll try and keep this short. I’m a university student currently living abroad. I’m in the middle of final exam preparation and about three weeks away from returning home. I’m feeling overwhelmed and “down on myself” in almost every sector of my life right now. For example:
Socially: Some of my friendships I’ve made while overseas have become a bit rocky for various reasons, leaving me feeling lonely and isolated. I’m also very disconnected from my friends and family back home.
Academically: I am a good student, but I don’t handle the stress of final exams very well. Even when I have a good day in the library and I complete the work I set out to do, I immediately feel bad. There’s always more time that I could be spending studying. There are days when I have no motivation to do my work at all.
Physically: I’ve gained a substantial amount of weight over the past few months from a combination of unhealthy cafeteria food (I’m on a meal plan) and drinking too much. I try to eat the healthiest options at meal times, but I’m usually left unsatisfied and ravenous in an hour or two. I enjoy cooking my own food, but money to purchase groceries is tight, and I have limited access to groceries and a kitchen. I have decreased my alcohol intake to about one night every two weeks, but I know that I’ll want to join my friends at the bar for one last night out before we leave.
As far as exercise goes I have access to a gym and either workout on my own or attend fitness classes 3-5 times a week. I have not seen any improvement in the mirror or on the scale, despite having increased my workout intensity, duration, and frequency two months ago.
Mentally: I feel very negative about myself. I don’t like what I see in the mirror, I can’t believe I’ve let myself get like this. I also feel like a terrible student. I’m not sleeping well, and I spend my days struggling through studying and work outs and not chewing my arm off between meals. I feel like I have a very unhealthy lifestyle here, and I’m just treading water until I can come home, relax, loss the weight, and be with my family and friends.
How can I make it through these next few weeks? What can I do to feel better now?