When you feel that you can’t take anymore, you probably can’t. You’re probably at the end of yourself. You’ve reached your capacity. Your plate is full. One more straw, and the camel’s back is broken.
Instead of pushing yourself beyond what you can handle (even if just to see what will happen), take a step back and see how you can make adjustments to the things that are already in your life so that you can be a healthier you now instead of later.
It is understandable that we feel helpless, hopeless, and worthless when we feel boxed in by our circumstances and our very mind. But if we want things to get better (and they will), then it will be important for us to develop effective “handling” skills (as in, handling the stress). We will need to learn how to use these skills properly and how to use them over the long-term. We will need to accept that certain things may never change. But we will also need to admit that there are certain things that we can change—like our response to situations and our ability to anticipate situations.
We can’t control everything. But we can control our choices in the moment.
How to Disengage from a Highly Stressful Environment by Tiffany Tyndall is available for purchase here.