You are not alone. It strikes all of us at some time.
The way you deal with it will greatly influence how quickly you will stop feeling overwhelmed.
There are all sorts of ways to do this. Things like simplifying, saying no to stuff, improve scheduling, dropping non essential tasks – to name but a few.
Those things, whilst they can be very effective, are not dealing with the hidden cause of feeling overwhelmed.
So, what is the hidden cause of feeling overwhelmed?
Before I answer that question, here are some clues:
Feeling overwhelmed is one of the complaints I hear most often from my clients. Things such as:
- I feel overwhelmed by trying to balance work and family life.
- I feel overwhelmed by all the different roles and resposibilities I have to juggle.
- I feel overwhelmed by feeling stuck in a rut and not knowing where to start.
Spot the link yet?
Overwhelm is a Feeling.
And where do feelings come from?
It is not all the stuff going on in your life that it is causing your feelings of overwhelm. You are creating your own feelings. Nothing else. It is what you are thinking about all the stuff going on that is triggering those feelings.
So, to truly master overwhelm you need to be dealing with what you are thinking about the situation. Then you will be in a better position to manage it.
Yes, my friends, the hidden cause of overwhelm is your Mindset.
That is why I bang on so much about the importance of developing your mindset.
Because it totally dictates how we feel, experience and respond to any given situation. And as a result, our response will dictate the outcome moving forward.
Master your Mindset = Master your Life
But let’s get back to the specific issue of feeling overwhelmed:
Every time you hear yourself say “I feel overwhelmed”, consider this:
- What are you thinking that is creating that feeling?
- What new thought do you need to focus on to create a different feeling?
- What are your feeling overwhelmed trigger points?
- What will you put in place to proactively manage these?
Be patient with yourself with this. You are starting to work on changing deeply ingrained thought processes. It takes time and practice.
Getting professional help with stuff like this can speed up the process. If you are struggling with this get some support.
Keep reminding yourself that overwhelm is a feeling and that feelings originate from your thoughts.
What will you do to learn how to manage your mindset better so that you feel overwhelmed less often?
I am interested to hear your experiences of dealing with overwhelm. Please share your thoughts in the comments below.