Getting Out Of Overwhelm

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This week I’m talking about overwhelm. This is something so many of us struggle with. Overwhelm just seems to be a part of everyday life.

But, it doesn’t have to be.

You see, I’ve found that feelings of overwhelm often stem from what we think about ourselves and how we care for ourselves.

These are three of the top reasons I get overwhelmed:

1. Comparing myself to others.

Oh, this is a big one. Often, we feel overwhelmed because we look at what others are doing and feel pressure to be where they are and doing what they’re doing. And sometimes we feel like we’re running behind. But the truth is, you were not created to be other people. You were made to be you.

You don’t have to be doing what others do. And you don’t have to be who they are.

We can let comparison overwhelm go when we are happy for others’ success but we don’t let it define our success or worth.

2. Feeling that I’m not doing enough (or that I’m not enough).

I struggle with a constant pressure to be doing more and being more. On the one hand, it keeps me from being lazy. On the other hand, it can make me feel so overwhelmed!

The challenge is that I am only responsible for some things. My things. But sometimes my things don’t feel like enough. So, I borrow other people’s responsibilities and get involved in a bunch of things I don’t need to be doing.

And then overwhelm kicks in. And I get frustrated that I’m expected to do so much. Oh, but if I stop and look back, I can see where I wasn’t asked to do these things. Yet I took them on to achieve a sense of worth. And instead of feeling worthy, I’m feeling burned out.

One way to reduce overwhelm is to stick to the things we need to do and not worry about the extra stuff that isn’t even our responsibility. Our stuff is enough. And so are we.

3. Not taking care of myself.

Do you keep up with your self-care? This has been a challenge for me. For some reason, it feels a bit selfish. And I tend to wait off for self-care until I feel like I’ve earned it.

But the truth is, self-care is vital. When we don’t take care of ourselves…mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually…we set ourselves up for overwhelm.

We don’t always feel like we have time to take care of ourselves. But the truth is, when we do take care of ourselves, we are stronger and often more efficient at getting things done. So, the next time you’re feeling guilty about self-care, remind yourself that it’s necessary and then thoroughly enjoy it!

I encourage you to consider if any of these areas cause overwhelm for you. How can you shift your mindset in these areas? I’d love to hear from you! Simply comment below.

Julie Watson