Where is your tipping point these days?
With everything that’s happening in the world, it makes sense if your fuse is a little shorter than usual. Even if you’re surfing the waves of all that’s been going on in the last 18 months , you probably know a few people who have not been navigating it so well.
Managing overwhelm is something we all have to do from time to time. It might not be anything COVID related, it could be pressure at work, problems with a relative or just a general sense of unease. Nevertheless, you probably know what it feels like when enough is enough and knowing how to tackle it is key. Here’s something that might help:
This week, maybe set the intention to Overcome the Overwhelm. This article offers some ideas around managing this, including grabbing a sheet of A4 and getting what’s in your head out onto the table. It might be that writing it down gives you more perspective and creates a clear pathway for what action to take next.
One of the things we also do when we’re feeling overwhelmed is numb out – we distract ourselves so that we don’t feel the discomfort. Problem is the distraction can then lead to more stuff not getting done, and – you’ve guessed it leads to more overwhelm. So it can also help to recognise your internal triggers (mindfulness can help), and clocking your coping mechanisms so you can take more helpful steps. In any event, know that you’re not alone. When things are difficult know that they’ll pass, and you always have the tools to cop with it. You’ve got through it before, you’ll get through it again.
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