This morning I had my forgotten friend and enemy revisit me; the feeling of OVERWHELM!
There was a time, not long ago, when I felt overwhelmed almost every morning. Not just mornings, every time I thought of the work that was needed to be done or some task that I had procrastinated on for months, I felt overwhelmed.
Feeling overwhelmed is very common, and I didn’t know this until one of my friends shared that he too struggled with it from time to time.
I had to study this, as I have this tendency where I can’t let go of a thought, a topic to be discussed some other day.
So, I discovered some great insights about feeling overwhelmed that I would like to share with you today.
Why do we feel overwhelmed?
Before understanding this feeling, it is essential to know why we feel overwhelmed.
So, there are few common patterns that I noticed as I felt overwhelmed if;
- I had a task that I feared to start.
- I needed to complete something that I started but procrastinated on.
- I wanted to do something that was out of my comfort zone.
And these three scenarios pretty much covered every situation where I felt overwhelmed.
Sure, there have been other rare scenarios as well but let’s not discuss them today.
However, one thing to note is that the feeling of overwhelm is usually a symptom of Anxiety. I used to feel overwhelmed when I was struggling with anxiety.
People with the anxiety disorder can feel overwhelmed a lot of time, and this contributes to the overall effect of anxiety.
What can you do when you feel overwhelmed?
Well, the best thing is to do the task or face the situation that is making you feel overwhelmed. I know its easier said than done.
Don’t worry there are a lot of other ways to deal with it.
Breathe in, Breathe out!
Yes, I have talked about this before. The process of breathing keeps us alive, imagine the power of this breathing.
A lot of successful people have tapped into the power of conscious breathing to bring out the best in them.
Breathing helps the mind to feel calmer and refreshed.
If you are feeling anxious, conscious breathing can help you to come out that state of mind, and if you practice conscious breathing on a regular basis, you will be less anxious.
Share with a confidant
Having someone you can share your struggle with, can be a real gamechanger.
Human interaction is compelling and can calm the mind. Moreover, the other person can suggest you ways to deal with the task/situation.
And when I say share, I don’t mean it virtually. We all know that in-person interaction is far more helpful than a virtual one. But if you cannot talk to some in-person, sharing your thoughts and worries with someone, even virtually can help.
Write your thoughts
You might have friends that journal regularly. Have you ever asked them why they do it?
They might probably answer that it makes them feel emotionally light!
Writing down your thoughts is a mighty way of calming your mind. When you write down your thoughts, especially the ones that make you anxious, you take it out of your mind thus reducing the unnecessary load.
It’s like you are holding ten things and you keep them on the table. Your hands will be free to pick up more things, hopefully, new things.
Its the same with thoughts, the longer we keep the ones that make us uncomfortable, the worse our anxiety will get.
I am guilty of not following this one, and I can’t speak much about it, it would be unfair.
But I do know the benefits of exercise, and I promise I will cover this more in the future once I start doing it regularly!
And lastly, always remember, you are stronger than you think and nothing in this world has the power to make you sad unless you let it!
If I missed something, please let me know in the comments.