What is overwhelm, and four things overwhelm is telling you? Overwhelm is when you feel like things are not as you’d like for them to be and that your life is out of control. It might include a feeling of anxiety around the amount of things that you need to do, and if you’re like me, anxiety about the things that are not done. In my own life, and in the lives of my clients, overwhelm seems to be a symptom that comes up when there are changes, or new things in play in someone’s life. You start a new job, have a baby, take up a new training class, or a new hobby, and what once felt somewhat balanced is now on the precipice being completely out of control. In this episode, I share about recent events in my life that gave me pause to stop and reflect on what overwhelm was telling me. I hope you enjoy learning through my experience what four things overwhelm is telling you, and my four steps for regaining control and balance in your life.
Time stamps, including the four things overwhelm is telling you:
3:00 I explain about my son’s school being closed over the past two weeks (an admittedly minor landslide of events)
5:00 the invitation to look at overwhelm and what it’s telling us
7:00 Step One of what to do when you feel overwhelmed (Slow down)
10:25 Why getting in touch with your body is helpful when you’re feeling overwhelmed
11:45 Step Two of what to do when overwhelm hits (Get clear on what you need)
15:45 Step Three of what to do when you’re feeling overwhelmed (Focus on what you can control)
18:00 Step Four of what to do when overwhelm takes over (Take care of yourself)
23:00 Wrap up and conclusions
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Overwhelmed: How to Work, Love, and Play When No One Has The Time by Brigid Schulte
Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture
Liz Applegate of Midlife Schmidlife
How do you respond to feeling overwhelmed?