Picture this: a swarm of buzzing thoughts, tasks, and responsibilities swirling around in your mind. It’s like you’re juggling a million things all at once, and the pressure to keep up is immense. This is what we commonly refer to as overwhelm – the sensation of being drowned in the chaos of life.
When I am overwhelmed, it feels like a huge wave has crashed over me, I don’t know which way is up, which way is down, when I will swim out of it and I can’t catch my breath.
Overwhelm isn’t just about having too much to do; it’s also about feeling like you lack the capacity to handle it all. It’s an emotional state where stress, anxiety, and exhaustion converge into a perfect storm.
It is usually a result of a build up of small things; on their own they wouldn’t be too much to deal with. But when they all merge together, it becomes too much.
Everyone has at some time felt these feelings, but some people seem to deal with it better than others.
There are effective ways to ride this wave, but to start with, try this.
When overwhelm hits, stop everything for a moment. Take a deep breath, close your eyes, and ground yourself in the present.
Allow your thoughts to settle.
Take a mental inventory of what’s causing the overwhelm. Ask yourself –
- Why do I feel overwhelmed
- Are these tasks urgent?
- Are they all truly necessary?
- Identifying the root causes helps you prioritize and tackle things more effectively.
If you are feeling overwhelmed all the time, but can’t put a finger on the cause, then it is time to look at your limiting beliefs.
Here are some more tips to help –
- Focus on your outcome. If you are a people pleaser, it is hard to say no. You often don’t have proper boundaries and therefore you don’t have a clear outcome. Focus on the result you want, then work out how to get there with practical solutions.
- Break it Down: Big tasks can be intimidating, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed when looking at the whole picture. Break them down into smaller, manageable steps. Focus on completing one step at a time. Celebrate your victories along the way; it will boost your confidence and motivation.
Prioritize Self-Care: Self-care isn’t selfish; it’s essential for your mental and emotional well-being. Incorporate activities that nurture your mind, body, and soul into your daily routine. It could be as simple as meditating, exercising, or journaling
Embrace Imperfection: We often overwhelm ourselves with the pursuit of perfection. Let go of the need to be flawless in everything you do. Embrace imperfection as a part of being human. Be kind to yourself and acknowledge that mistakes are opportunities for growth.