Feeling Overwhelmed? This is How to Overcome It
Almost every one of us experience a sense of stress and overwhelm.
It may come from our work or school responsibilities to family and relationship problems.
We want to do many things but find that our goals are not getting any closer.
Sometimes you just don’t know how to move forward and you get frustrated because this feeling of overwhelm is a vicious cycle.
Feeling overwhelmed prevents us from enjoying our life.
We are stressed over things that we shouldn’t be stressed about.
But there is way to overcome the feeling of stress and overwhelm no matter what circumstances we are in.
If we tackle the roots of our stress, we will be free from it for good.
What is the Source of Overwhelm?
Our source of stress and overwhelm comes from many different areas: family, health, work, or even unhealthy habits.
But there are two primary roots that gives us the feeling of impending overwhelm.
- Too many things
- Too much stress
It all comes down to how much our mind can handle information.
Everything we see, hear, and feel is a stimulation that registers in our mind.
When we wake up in the morning, we feel fresh because there is no information to process.
Then by the end of the day we are overwhelmed.
There is too much things to do, too much feelings, and too many information.
Our mind alone cannot process all of those information at once!
And as a result, you don’t know where to start.
We think about 100,000 thoughts per day and it continues to over-stimulate than in any other century.
Not to mention that society works on hyper-speed and values things done quicker than we can breathe.
We want things more, we want things faster, and we want things NOW.
With increasing work hours, longer traffic jams, and information overload, stress is rising.
The more we expect to live a fast-paced lifestyle, the more we can no longer cope with it all.
And that is what overwhelms us because the human mind is not meant to live in the modern world of fast-paced and long hour work.
There is a limit cap on how much information or stress our mind can handle.
If it goes above that limit cap, then what we experience is the feeling of overwhelming madness.
How to Overcome Feeling Overwhelmed
Though we are overwhelmed, we can still have peace of mind.
The feeling of overwhelm is just that…a feeling – a state of mind.
And this means that you have control over your state of mind and you can filter what’s important and what’s not.
What makes the world overwhelming to us depends on our own perceptions, understandings, habits and labels we create in our mind.
We get overwhelmed not because it IS overwhelming but because we FEEL overwhelming.
And so if we clarify what it IS that we FEEL, then the feeling of overwhelm starts to become smaller and smaller.
Once you put that perspective in mind, you can be more grounded and present to do what matters to you in the moment.
You don’t have to rush yourself or fly off to the next thousand things to do.
Instead, you can feel satisifed and comfortable with having “just enough”.
Because it isn’t about you reaching a point in time where you will have all your things done (which won’t happen), it is about finding the joy and happiness in your life that gives you purpose and clarity.
It’s okay to not have everything done and it’s okay to put some of your activities on the back-burner, knowing that you will get to it when you are clear and relaxed.
So here is how you can eliminate and overcome your stress and overwhelm in 3 steps.
1. Find Your Stress and Clarify It
The first thing you want to do is to find all the things that are causing you stress.
By having awareness of the source of your overwhelm, you can then make a change because awareness brings change.
You cannot change something if you are not aware of it.
So start a list for a week and ask yourself what is it that you are stresssing or overwhelmed about RIGHT NOW?
What are you worried about right now?
Some of your worries, stress, or overwhelming thoughts might lie within:
- Having too much to do but so little time
- Your friends or family
- Unhealthy habits and eating routine
- Too many books or information to read
- Conflicting thoughts about who you are
Now once you have your list of overwhelming activities, find out which one you can eliminate from your week.
You can eliminate them by deciding to do one of them or by letting go.
it’s not possible to do all of them at the same time and not all of them are important to finish in that same week.
So let go mentally, emotionally, or physically the items that are not that important to you.
And realize that no matter what you do now, it’s not a life or death situation.
What you do is only a small speckle in the dust of the entire universe.
If you take the perspective of the universe, you can see how small our worries and stress really are.
2. Focus on One Thing at a Time
Now that you have your list and some items eliminated, you want to prioritize the most urgent and important tasks.
On your priorities, focus only on that task.
There is no need to multitask or to begin every project and not having to complete any of them.
If you start 5 projects, then it will spread your energy thin and you will only get 20% done.
But if you only focus on 1 project at a time, then your energy becomes lasered-focus and you can complete 100%.
So look at only one of your priorities.
This week can be dedicated to your fitness goals while the next week is your business.
Or that morning is your fitness goal and then the afternoon to noon will be your business or work time and then night is family time.
The crucial thing is that when you are doing the activity, don’t think of anything else but what you are doing at the moment.
Sometimes you may be unconsciously afraid that if you only do one thing at a time, you won’t ever get to do your other projects.
However, the truth is that when you are done with one project, the second one becomes easier.
If your goal seems too far away and this overwhelms you, then focus on what to do next.
What can you do NOW that will take you one step towards you goal?
And if you have conflicting priorities, combine them.
Find a way to make peace with the conflicts in your mind.
You may have to physically make peace or mentally make peace with it.
3. Be in Stillness
Practice having stillness in your life.
It will lessen the millions of thoughts going through your mind.
The less thoughts we have, the less it will overwhelm us.
I know you may be thinking, “I’m too busy to sit still” or “I don’t have time to practice this”.
When we are overwhelmed, we feel that time is not on our side.
This imaginary time constraint pushes us away from doing the one thing that will help us keep our life in balance.
We rely on ourselves, on our limited conscious power, instead of letting go to the Universal Wisdom we have within.
And the more we rely on ourselves, the less effective it truly is.
That is why we feel overwhelmed.
We cannot do it alone.
Our conscious mind cannot handle all the information that comes in.
But if you let go and allow your subconscious mind to help you, you will find that your intuition guides you effortlessly in every part of your life.
Your subconscious mind stores all the necessary information without you becoming aware of it, and it knows exactly what to do with the information or tasks you have now.
Do you remember trying hard to go to sleep?
Every time you consciously attempt to get some shut eye, you become more and more awake?
But then when you relax and do nothing, you find yourself falling asleep automatically.
Your subconscious mind can help you go to sleep just as it can help you overcome the overwhelming thoughts.
All you have to do is surrender yourself to your subconscious mind and allow it to do what it does best.
Be in stillness.
Learn to sit down and relax.
And be in that meditative state of stillness and practice it until it unveil the clouds of your thousand thoughts and shines the rays of clarity upon your mind.
Overwhelm to Peace
If you are having overwhelming thoughts, you are not alone.
And now you can find your way into peaceful thoughts by having less.
Have less priorities and have less thoughts.
This will bring you more clarity and clarity drives your purpose.
In our overwhelming life, less is truly more.