Feeling overwhelmed is not fun.
But in the world we live in now, it can sometimes be hard to not feel it.
We’re busy with our jobs, our lives, the enormous amount of information around us, and if you have kids that just adds on to it.
So when you do feel overwhelmed, how badly do you want to eat to calm everything down?
Eating can be a great distraction from all the things going on.
But then what?
It’s all still there.
Eating doesn’t make it all go away.
It can shift your focus for a bit, but it doesn’t fix the problem.
So what can you do instead?
Overwhelm is a feeling and as with all our feelings, it’s caused by our thinking.
The kind of thinking that causes overwhelm are thoughts like, “I have too much too do,” or “I’ll never get all this done,” or “I’m in a hole that I’ll never get out of.”
Ever find yourself thinking any of those or something like them?
I want to tell you the truth about what you have going on in your life.
Here it is.
You have things to do.
Simple as that.
Any drama you create around what you are going to do or are doing is all on you and it’s this drama that’s creating overwhelm.
What if instead of having “SO much to do,” you just have “things to do?”
It’s up to you how you describe it and I’ll tell you, one feels a lot better than the other.
Let me break it down. Say my day looks like this:
Grocery shopping, other errands, do my self-coaching work, 4 coaching calls, write a blog, make breakfast and dinner, organize my workspace, do laundry.
How does that sound to you? Does it sound like SO much?
Well, it doesn’t have to. To me, it’s just a list of things that I’ll get done. No big deal.
I can choose to make it a big deal, or I can be neutral about it and see it for what it is.
It’s just a list of things I’m going to get done today, it’s all going to get done, and I’ll be nice and calm as I do them.
Doesn’t that sound so much better than running around like a madwoman, cursing myself and the world, while totally stressing myself out?
I think so!
Take a look at what you’re overwhelmed about and break it down into the facts.
What is really going on and what do you really have to do?
Take away the drama and you’ll take away the overwhelm.
Then you won’t even need to eat, you’ll be cool as a cucumber.