If you have ever felt there has been too much dished out on your plate and you cannot handle it all is that sense of overwhelm is all too familiar. You can begin with a single deep breath for 6 counts hold that breath for 5 counts and exhale for 12 counts. Repeat as many times as you find necessary to get your heart rate to slow down and your mind to calmly separate the mix of thoughts.So much of what overwhelm is the inability to separate thoughts. The lack of space between one thought with the next and the indulgence of the mind and ego to allow the thoughts to mix-up. You are not more important for having more thoughts than the next person. You are not more caring for having more worry. Learn to separate the thoughts and the energy to single items.
The practice of breath taking to interrupt restless thoughts is a powerful tool to give space between thoughts. You are training your mind not to be reactive to every thought. The pressure from the outside world often do not allow you to take the deep breath. This is why it is important to have the practice frequently done throughout your day that your default energy is one of that ready to suspend overlapping thoughts. The next move is not to store any of the thoughts to occupy your mind. Write down the tasks or thoughts that moments ago overwhelmed you. And within seconds you immediately can create space from the hectic thought patterns into something that can be tackled systematically.
How to disrupt the sense of Overwhelm?
- Write it down.
- Sort the things needing action.
- Nominate who can help on the tasks. Delegate when possible.
- Identify what you can do in the next 5 minutes.
- Limit the items you choose to take action to no more than three in the next 90 minute segment.
- Take a break.
- Forgive yourself when you do not get to each item on the list. Prepare them for the next day.
You can repeat this process as many times during the day. Don’t forget to smile. You got this. 🙂