Are you feeling stressed and overwhelmed?
In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with the demands of daily life. Whether it’s work, family, or personal obligations, the feeling of being stretched too thin can be overwhelming. However, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone in feeling this way. Countless individuals from all walks of life experience overwhelm at some point in time. The good news is that there are tactics that can help you overcome this feeling and regain a sense of control. In this article, we’ll explore 13 tactics for overcoming overwhelm, so you can start feeling more confident and in control of your life.
1. Admit to yourself you can’t do everything.
Some problems are bigger than any one individual can fix. Some problems belong to other people. We may care about them and can help if asked, but it’s not our place to shoulder their burdens. (Take comfort in Star Trek’s prime directive of not interfering in a culture’s right to
self-determination.) What you can do is take care of yourself, and put yourself in the best possible condition to create a fulfilling life and to contribute to the world. (Consider the possibility that doing the first amounts to the second.)
2. Make your well-being a priority. Optimally, the priority.
Give yourself permission to take care of yourself. The air mask metaphor is overworked, but still appropriate: Put your mask on before you help others with theirs. If you’re gasping for breath, you won’t have energy to spare for others.Several tactics grow out of this one:
* Say “no” to requests you don’t want to accept.
This step is tough for people-pleasers. The lockdown has moved a lot of people off this.
* Let texts and email sit; respond when – or if – you feel calm and ready.
* Take breaks from people and situations that endanger your well-being. That includes – and even starts with – breaks from the news and social media. Some platforms spread outrage and despair and hopelessness like viruses. Steer clear. If you find yourself falling prey, leave.
3. Pick your battles.
Don’t take the bait when invited into a fight. People are so polarized right now that you have little chance of winning someone over to your side, no matter how many facts you trot in front of them. Don’t waste your energy arguing with people online. If you encounter anger or some other form of negativity and you respond to it, you are giving it air and validation. If you respond with anger or the like, you are fueling and increasing it. No one wins except energy vampires who feel on discord. Instead, neutralize. Don’t engage. Even better:
4. Send compassion and forgiveness to people who set you off.
See the fear and damage behind the words and behavior that’s bothering you. The adage “hurt people hurt people” may help. Send something soothing and calming instead of what they’re dishing out. You will be disrupting the cycle of negativity. Also, if you can pray for people you dislike, you can pray for anyone.
5. Monitor your energy.
Notice when it lags, when it rises, and when it feels off.
6. Take your energy back.
Visualize a horseshoe magnet, point it at a person, place, or situation, and feel the magnet pulling your energy back.
7. Use water to clear your energy field.
If you take showers, as the spray hits your head, tell it to wash away anything you’d like to release: emotions, sensations, anxiety, cares, thoughts, interactions with specific people, anything. A tub is not suited to this because you will soak in whatever you’re releasing.
If you have access to open water, such as a lake or an ocean, lie on a float and imagine anything you’d like to release gently seeping out of your cells into the water.
8. Leave open spaces in your schedule.
9. Indulge in fluff.
Sometimes escape is exactly what your spirit needs. Hallmark Channel movies do the trick for some people. For others, it’s old sitcoms, or trivia games, or animal videos. Don’t judge yourself. Treat yourself.
10. Indulge in nature.
Going to a natural setting can be restorative without your logical brain getting in the way. Simply looking at plants or water can soothe your mood. When the temperature permits, take off your shoes and put bare feet in the grass, dirt, or sand. Hug a tree. Run a hand across
growing herbs or flowers. Can’t go outdoors? Run a nature video on your computer or device or TV while you’re engaged in some other activity. Scads of videos are available of swimming fish. Some aquariums run webcams of floating jellyfish, or frolicking otters or sea lions. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is an especially good source for this and sometimes broadcasts waves gently crashing in the Pacific outside its walls.
11. Enjoy your food.
Pay attention to it. Eat it without distractions. Allow yourself dessert now and again.
12. Look for like-hearted people.
Gravitate to people and groups that share your core values. There’s strength in numbers and also comfort in knowing you’re not alone.
13. Tend to your own garden.
Focus on your little nook in the vastness of life, and keep it as tidy as you can.
In conclusion, feeling overwhelmed is a common experience, and it’s important to remember that it’s okay to take a step back and prioritize your mental health. By implementing these 13 tactics, you can start to take control of your life and regain a sense of balance. Remember to be patient with yourself and to take things one step at a time. You’ve got this!
Author: Kathy Biehl https://bestamericanpsychics.com/listing/kathy-biehl