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Feeling Overwhelmed?

To be overwhelmed is to have a feeling of being turned upside down. It is a state of mind, not a state of circumstance. That fact is the key that will unlock the door to your mental prison cell. Let me state it again. Overwhelm is a state of mind, not circumstance.

Overwhelm is never produced by what is occurring. It is your interpretation of what’s occurring that produces this state of mind. Your brain responds to the thoughts and produces chemicals that cause feelings and physical sensations. Perhaps a stiff drink or tranquilizer can mask the feelings of overwhelm, and if you ingest enough, perhaps temporary amnesia. But the circumstances remain, and if you don’t take out the head trash, you will return to the feeling of anxiety and continue to blame the circumstances.

Overwhelm, being swamped, feeling stressed, upside down, losing control; It’s all a state of mind that can be reversed without any change of circumstance.

First, you must accept the truth that you create your overwhelm, and that you alone can remove it.

Killing overwhelm begins by distinguishing the subjective (what you are feeling and experiencing) from the objective (the facts of what is happening). I suggest that you write down what is actually occurring in factual, objective language. No drama, story or judgment allowed. Just a simple narrative of what is happening.

Then based on those facts, choose an appropriate response. An appropriate response is one that will likely produce the best outcome. Once you are clear on that response, do it. Take action. If you see no response that would improve the circumstance, then make note and move on to something that you can improve. This is proactively using your ability to respond; being responsible.

Overwhelm thrives in a sea worry, procrastination and inactivity. Only you can break the inertia. Staying overwhelmed is unnecessary, unhealthy, and no fun at all. If you are overwhelmed, find someone to help you get clear on the objective facts of what’s occurring, and then create an appropriate action plan. As you take action, overwhelm will start to dissolve and disappear.


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