If you are feeling like you’ve got too much on your plate then you might be feeling the effects of overwhelm, which can include, anxiety, worry, dips in performance or sometimes burnout.
Overwhelm is an increasingly common state in our busy, attention grabbing, distraction filled world. But, there is hope and you can conquer overwhelm. Not by doing more to manage the symptoms, but by creating space, acknowledging where you are and beginning to understand the inside-out principles behind life.
Let me unpack these a bit more.
Creating Space – There’s a reason why you find the instruction to ‘Stay Calm’ in emergency literature. It’s because as a species we don’t make great decisions when we panic. The more we allow situations to cause us to experience ‘fight’ or ‘flight’ the more stress we will feel and the less rationale our decisions can become. Creating space to slow down affords us the time to see more of the territory, not just our own map and enables us to optimise our decision making. When experiencing overwhelm, being able to take stock and consider the wider perspective can allow our inner wisdom to lead us to the right decision. I’m not suggesting that we stay in suspended animation until we know what to do, but slowing down can help us see the next step, however small, towards finding a more balanced life.
Acknowledging where you are – It’s a wonderful thing to know where you want to get to, but knowing exactly where you are is often the thing that gets missed most often. Understanding where you are in terms of resources, consciousness, connection, thinking and feeling is a great start to finding your personal grounding and identifying the next steps to take. I know from experience that when we approach change, of any sort, there is a tendency to want to take action. But, ignoring where you are has two important impacts. 1. You can’t always see the progress; and 2. You can spend your energy looking in the wrong direction for things you’ve already have access to.
Understanding the principles of life – Discovering principles of any kind are an important part of making a significant shift towards reality and greater performance. Consider the principles of flight. Prior to the Wright brothers discovering the principles of flight, it was considered extremely unlikely that mankind would be able to fly. Now there are flights all over the world every day based on the principles discovered by the Wright Brothers. Stephen Covey, author of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, refers to principles as Universal – in that they apply anywhere; Empowering – they provide us with leverage; and Self-validating – they may not be obvious, but once understood their ROI becomes more obvious. So understanding principles associated with life set us up for greater performance in this important area.
The principles of life are all around us, if we care to take the time to watch and listen. But, too often we are busy trying to work life out and so miss what’s presenting itself. It’s classic misdirection, which our mind is a master at. The principles of life, often referred to as the Principles of Mind, Thought and Consciousness sit behind our understanding of reality and the closer we get to reality, the smoother our experience of life and the world we live in.
When we start to experience overwhelm, we’ve allowed the Principle of Thought, the thought generated perceptual reality, to create a belief that is taking us further away from actual reality. The reality that your wellbeing can never come from keeping plates spinning, but is deep within you to which you are and always have been connected. Having a deeper understanding of the principles behind life, disconnects you from energy or thoughts creating the feeling of overwhelm affording you greater freedom to make the kind of choices that will serve you better. I hope this is of some help to you and if you would like to know more, please feel free to contact me and set up a conversation.