Do you ever feel completely overwhelmed with a situation, a moment or just life in general? As an anxiety sufferer, one of the big feelings I have about life daily is the feeling of overwhelm. It all feels like a bit too much a whole lot of the time. You see that’s the thing with life despite how we might all look like we have it together we are merely feeling in the dark. I don’t like feeling my way in the dark. I like having the path lit and knowing precisely what twists and turns are ahead. For me, knowledge is power, and I can smash any situation as long as I am prepared with the knowledge in advance; there really is no stopping me. It’s the fear of the unknown that paralyses me, and often it’s just my perception and imaginative thoughts of what the unknown could potentially be. This overwhelming feeling can literally stop me in my tracks prevent me from taking a step forward and result in me throwing over the anchor and giving up.
The problem is it doesn’t matter how much I want to be prepared about the future there is no crystal ball and you can either let feeling overwhelmed consume you, or you can control it to the best of your ability. I’ve really been concentrating on ways to beat the overwhelm of day to day life, and I thought you’d like some tips to try if you are struggling yourself.
Bring Yourself Back to the Present
Take a series of deep breaths and concentrate on the present moment and the present moment only. Overwhelm can be a mixture of focusing on the future, which we can not control and the past, which we have no power to change. Focusing our energies on either of these aspects is pointless yet if we focus on the present – the here and the now the portion of time we do have control over then it all feels a lot less daunting.
Tapping or EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) is another excellent way to become more aligned with the present moment. Again, YouTube is your friend if you don’t know where to start with this one.
Making general notes, journaling or simply writing out a to-do list are fantastic ways to bring it back to the here and now.
Take Action on Something… Anything
Overwhelm is a bit like being stuck in thick mud, and it all feels a bit too much. When the pressure is on the best thing you can do is act – take some form of action towards something. Make a list of everything you want or need to achieve and pick something that you can achieve with ease. This not only ticks it off the list but it sets that ball rolling, and the momentum will continue. Feeling overwhelmed is like being stuck in a rut. You have to remember there is always a way out, and sometimes you have to start by digging a smaller hole first.
Don’t Put Things Off
Leading on from my last point, procrastination is your worst enemy. Don’t put things off. If you can do something, then do it if you can’t find a way around the block. Ask for help, rethink the plan but do not put it off. Putting things off just creates delay and often builds up our perception for how difficult something is. This only fuels that feeling of overwhelm when the best answer is to tackle it head-on!
Don’t Be Hard on Yourself
It’s easy to beat yourself up or compare yourself to others daily, but especially if you are feeling overwhelmed. If you have a task, you need to achieve, and you see your peers are managing without hesitation, that can make you feel inferior or incapable. That is not the case. You never know what battles another person is facing or how difficult a path was for someone else. On the outside, everything can seem easy but you never really know the truth, so you shouldn’t judge yourself against them. Your only competition is yourself, so drop the caparisons and give yourself a break.
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