The feeling of being overwhelmed is negative, catabolic energy. For me, it’s victim energy.
It’s the feeling that things are spinning out of control and I can’t do enough fast enough to meet all my goals or other people’s expectations. It is being at the effect of things instead of recognizing that I have complete control of my life and how I respond to each situation, and that I have the support of All-That-Is (God, the Universe, Source Energy, Higher Coach—whatever works for you) in everything I do.
There can be a lot of self-judgment in it, and may include looking at myself through other people’s eyes and seeing all the things I “should” be doing from anyone’s perspective but my own.
Feeling overwhelmed may be different for you—how we interpret emotions is as unique as we are—but my guess is that no matter how it feels to you, it’s not very pleasant.
We can feel overwhelmed when we’re trying to process new information, make a decision, meet a deadline, etc., etc. Trying to force action while we’re feeling this catabolic emotion often doesn’t result in a satisfactory conclusion or outcome because you just can’t see where you’re going very clearly.
One of the best things to do when you catch yourself feeling overwhelmed is often the last thing you feel like you can do—STOP what you are doing.
Taking 15 minutes to breathe deeply, meditate, pray, go for a walk, think about the beach—whatever it is that brings you a sense of relief and helps you calm your mind—will more than pay for itself in productivity later.
Another way to step off that crazy train is to let go of judging your feeling as either good or bad. It is just where you are on your journey, and every experience along the way gives us valuable information about Who we are and Who we want to become.
Once you have regained some mental and emotional clarity, you can then more confidently choose the direction you want to go.
What can you do differently the next time you feel overwhelmed that will help you gain some clarity on where you want to go? What difference does that make to your overall productivity, and to the results you’re achieving?
Together we can do it!
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