Now that we are in the very midst of exam season, I often look back at the times during my life where I have been overwhelmed with a wide selection of information that all needs to be processed at the same time. Our brain is powerful, but feeding it too much data is a sure-fire way to cause depression and ultimately see you enter a meltdown.
I feel like the limit is two different things that I can comprehend at one time. Once it gets over that amount, my brain decides to cripple me down and cause an extreme amount of anxiety. This all comes down to the fact life is crammed full of different emotions and factors that need to be comprehended almost all of the time.
This is difficult enough for any neurotypical person let alone someone with mental health issues. That’s why I have listed some very simple ways you can help ease the pain and stress that comes from brain overload, which is one of the most common signs for Asperger Syndrome.
Visualise Your Problems
One of the best courses of action for brain overload is the take your thoughts out from your mind and list them down for you to see. If you have a number of things swirling through your head at once, there is every chance you are probably going to blow things out of proportion despite the fact they could be something that is easily managed.
When you write down something you are worried about such as an exam or an upcoming social event, you can then write down a list of things you are most worried about and aim to tackle them head on first. In the case of examinations, it could be a particular part of the curriculum you have most struggled with which you can then decide to dedicate the most amount of your revision time.
On the other hand, social events are typically big ordeals for anyone with Asperger Syndrome but deciphering the exact issues you believe could cause you stress is the only way to truly clear your mind. Again, there is going to be certain parts of socialising you most struggle with so counter them with things you feel slightly more confident. For me, I always find speaking with people much easier when they are creating topics of discussion.
Making a list of problems also gives you the opportunity to prioritize the things that are the most important. If you are worried about an important GCSE or A Level exam, then worrying about the prospect of being around people with a proposed shopping trip should pale in significance. At the end of the day, there are things that are justifiably scary and things that should not really cause too much stress when you put everything into perspective.
Quieten Your Mind
Escapism is a powerful thing and is guaranteed to slowly ease away the problems that come from overloading your brain. This could be from exercising or indulging into some home entertainment, both of which will provide the perfect platform for you to forget about problems and instead focus on something typically more exhilarating.
Take some time to think about yourself and your well-being rather than focusing on other people and the problems that they may be causing you. Its vitally important to reduce your stress levels in order to then take on issues with more precision and accuracy since your brain will have been through a moment of relaxation and harmony.
Reducing stress levels is also about taking care of problems straight away rather than waiting until the last possible moment to get them completed. Brain overload could be caused through a series of neglections to get tasks done, creating a backlog of thoughts that cram together into your brain. As you move forward, new problems are inevitably going to arise which means having previous issues still circulating is only going to make things that much worse.
The biggest issue with taking care of problems when you have Asperger Syndrome is the fact you are likely to not understand why or how you are starting to feel anxious. Its can be difficult to put your finger on whether your anxiety is reactionary or down to your mental health condition. You just need to channel your brain into on single focus and start to draw up a plan that can help you brush away the information that is causing your brain to feel overloaded.
Speak With Others
It feels like I am repeating myself with this point from previous blog posts but speaking about issues is so important for anyone. If you are young, you are going to be fairly novice to certain situations which means working out accurate coping methods could be difficult. That’s why speaking openly with older individuals such as your parents could be hugely beneficial as they can draw on years of experience and provide solutions based on things they have been through themselves.
A single thought can be picked apart when you get someone else’s perspective. You will also gain some much-needed reassurance that certain issues have been prominent in other people’s lives, which should make you feel less alienated about your current situation. Finding approachable people that are honest and respectful is going to give you a much-needed lift which should restore a lot of faith you have in life generally.
Have you ever experienced severe brain overload? How have you managed to cope and what strategies did you use? Feel free to post your stories or directly contact me with your thoughts.