Overwhelm – We’ve all been there babe.
Girl, I know the feeling! We are human, we get overwhelmed, and guess what – that is a-okay, baby. The key is knowing how to identify it, feel it, and work to overcome it. Over the past few months, I have taken the time to record all my “wtf” moments. Like “wtf” why do I feel like crying right now, why do I feel like I just want to sleep for 24 hours, why do I feel like I don’t want to talk to anyone, and why do I feel like I don’t want to do anything! The simple answer? I was overwhelmed.
We all have our limits and we deserve to understand them. So let’s dive into the top 5 “wtf” moments I’ve recorded over the past few months. Although we experience them at different capacities, I know we all go through them. If we gain the strength to identify and overcome this feeling that crushes our confidence and happiness, then, girl, I know you are capable of SO much more.
Taking Back the Power
The two most important things I have learned through this journey is a.) “Overwhelm” is smart, it will adapt to your mental strength, so yes, this is a life long battle and that is so okay! Why? Because we always have the tools within us, we just need to channel them and use them, and b) once you find the ability to identify a problem, you have all the power in the world. Let’s gain the power to control our future – a future of less overwhelm and more “bring it on”. The time to live our best life is over-due babe!
Top 5 Feelings and Ways to Take Back the Power
Running on E – No Energy:
Living life with your eyes half open is no way to do it sis. Period. You might have lack of sleep, too much sleep, or you’re just simply always tired. Maybe you feel like you get your checklist mostly done, but it was done at a slow pace, and not even close to as well as you wanted the tasks executed. This, babes, is the definition to running on E.
Take Back the Power
Develop and stick to a nighttime routine, practice deep breathing before bed, look for natural sources of energy (like healthy foods, not coffee), exercise in the morning, and try tracking your sleep. Do you get a consistent number of hours each night? What can you do to become more consistent? And what else in your life is creating an emotional drain that you can start to get rid of. We only have so mnay “f*cks” to give in a day, don’t waste them. (thank you to The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck check it out today).
Anxious, Stressed, and Anxious
This one is the culprit to a lot of “putting it off” moods we go through. Being anxious and being stressed are two different things, but they can be calmed together through a couple different tactics.
Take back the power
Plan downtime, take a day for you (and DO NOT feel guilty about it), avoid caffeine and alcohol, be active, try to define a new balance between life and work (maybe it’s time for a shift), break down large tasks and make lists (like actually write them down), and lastly, channel your senses. Smell – try aromatherapy, Hear – try listening to calming instrumentals, Touch – give yourself a foot massage, try sleeping naked (it’s proven that you get more sleep this way), try out a stress ball (classic, but promising), or just sit and breathe (know the feeling is taking over your body, accept it, and breathe through it…try focusing on the feeling of your breath on your upper lip as it exits your body).
Keeping to yourself
You know that feeling when you just hope to God the person you made plans with cancels before you do? Lol, sis, I hear yah. But, we are human, we thrive off of human interaction…let’s kick this!
Take back the power
Stop feeling guilty about this area. We are all there, but the key is to make this “me” time beneficial to your well-being. Try picking up a self-help book, journaling, or something else you feel will push your needle further. Another option is just going out to see people who LOVE you. This one is clearly more difficult, but sometimes it’s just what you need. It reminds you that you are loved and your attention is wanted!
First things first, if you are experiencing severe mood changes please consult a professional, take time to improve “you” because you deserve it, and those around you who love you, deserve it too.
Take back the power
Try to make time every day for a little self-care routine. Maybe a face mask, or bubble bath, or foot massage. Moodiness can be driven A LOT by overwhelm, so take some time to breathe and try meditation. Clearing your brain will help you sort out your feelings and put them in the right compartments again. It’s time to say goodbye to that jumbled mess and say hello to control. It helped me to even map out my feelings on paper. It gets them out of your brain and onto paper, where you can see everything and hopefully identify what is causing each feeling. No, it is never that easy, but it is a step in the right direction.
SQUIRREL! Difficulty Focusing
Okay – this might be my specialty. I am so good at working in 10 different directions and getting NOWHERE. Who is with me?
Take Back the Power
Make a checklist and break down large tasks into smaller ones. Try writing out time limits to each task you have on your checklist, and more importantly give yourself a “break” schedule. Loosely, the optimal routine for humans is 50-55 minutes on, 5-17 minutes off – but we all know that’s very hard to follow. So try different rotations and see what is practical and functional for you! Creating a structure to your day really helps you zone in on what the over-all goal is of the day and how you can get there in small, manageable steps. Knowing what you are working towards all day puts you 100 percent in control of what you get done. I don’t know about you, but I like the feeling of being in control of something in my life.
A Big Reason to Try
The biggest reason to try overcoming these overwhelming feelings boils down to one thing – dodging burnout. Some of us have been there, some of us aren’t there yet, and the goal is to prevent this from happening again or ever happening.
Let’s See Some Sassy Girl Action
Who is with me? Let’s kickback at overwhelm, starting TODAY. Throw an “I’m #overoverwhelm” down in the comments to commit!
Although I have personal experience, I am not a licensed therapist. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, nor does it replace professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have any concerns or questions about your health, you should always consult with a physician or other health-care professionals.
Stay Sassy and with soooo much love,
CEO & Founder of The Sassy Girl Project