Do you ever think:
I don't know what to do!
I don't want to feel like this!
People don't understand me or what I'm trying to do or say!
I hate my life!
Do you ever find yourself:
Compare yourself to others - on and offline?
Say yes to too many things or too many people?
Trying to live up to other people's expectations?
All of these things can bring us to overwhelm if we sit in it for too long. What is one thing all of the above have in common? Most of the focus is on what we can't control.
Our brains are powerful things. When we tell it we don't know what to do, we're just being lazy. Be curious with yourself. Ask your brain the right types of questions.
Ask it for 5 new ideas
Ask it to prioritize the top 5 things on your to-do list
Ask it if I knew what to do, what would it be?
By thinking that we don't want to feel this way automatically gives your control and power away.
Remember it's you that create your feelings, they don't just happen to you.
So what feeling do you want to create and live in instead?
Instead of being overwhelmed by all the work, I want to feel what?
As I'm working on new projects I can easily be caught up in all of my own overwhelm but I focus on being dedicated and committed to the cause.
Sometimes you don't even realize you're in overwhelm until you're in the thick of it. To avoid this pay attention to what your body is telling you. Our bodies remember and register feelings before our brains know what's even happening.
My posture changes, I become tense all over. My hands and teeth clench and I sweat all over.
To redirect my brain away from the overwhelm when I'm in this state is something simple. Just breathing. We take for granted that our bodies do this on its own. But when I slow myself down and remember to notice it, notice how I'm feeling without judgement but just to be in it. Then I make the decision again that my purpose and commitment are stronger than my overwhelm and I pull up my bootstraps and just do the.next.thing.