Oh yeah. Definitely have. Actually, I’ve been feeling pretty overwhelmed lately.
Feeling overwhelmed makes me so desperate, because I feel like I should keep absorbing new information, but I don’t feel like I’m really understanding what I read anymore.
And it’s hard for me, but I figured that when that starts to happen I need to take a break. Maybe go for a walk, or just work on something else. Take some time to digest what I’ve learned so far. A lot of the time, things that I just couldn’t understand at all, make sense immediately when I come back to them after taking a break. It’s like “oh, it wasn’t actually that hard, my brain was just already overwhelmed with so much information” lol.
Taking notes really helps here, cause it helps you solidify your knowledge. You can’t try to keep building new knowledge on top of shaky knowledge, if you know what I mean.
The most important takeaway that I’ve gotten from these kinds of situations is that if I can’t keep absorbing more information, it doesn’t mean I’m dumb. It simply means I need a break, and that’s fine. I’ll come back to give it my best later on, there’s no point in trying to learn while you’re drained.
So yeah, it’s definitely normal to feel overwhelmed, and I believe you should always take a break if it happens