Most people experience it sometimes. Others feel stressed out constantly.
So what can you do about it? Let’s first take a look at some solutions that do not work.
Here are some common strategies that are not effective:
1) Working harder
If you’ve tried this, you know it doesn’t work. You only end up feeling more tired and stressed out. For every task you finish, 3 new ones seem to show up.
Working harder is not the answer. You’ll still feel you lack the time to do what you think you should do.
2) Trying not to think about it / ignoring the feeling
Never a good strategy.
What are you thinking about when I tell you to stop thinking about a purple cow? Right.
3) Beginning your day with the tasks that seem difficult or scary
This is a good strategy to get things done in general. These activities we dread are an energy drain. When you get them out of the way, you’ll feel better and probably get more done.
But…it doesn’t stop you feeling overwhelmed. You’ll still feel there’s more to do than you have time for.
So what DOES work?
Before I give you the solution, it’s important to understand what overwhelm is:
Even though it feels like a time related issue, feeling overwhelmed has nothing to do with time.
Every time you feel overwhelmed, this is what’s going on:
You are either focused on the past (the things you should have finished by now) OR on the future (everything that still needs to be done).
As a result, you are not present in this moment. You are disconnected from your body and your intuition. You are living in your head and are lost in a train of thoughts and fears.
These thoughts and fears are the cause of your feelings – in this case everything you feel when you’re experiencing overwhelm.
Once you know that not being present is the cause of feeling overwhelmed, you also know the solution:
Bring all of your attention back to the present moment, here and now.
Here’s how you do this:
Stop what you’re doing. Sit down. Close your eyes. Take a couple of deep breaths, until you feel yourself relaxing and getting in touch with your body again.
Notice what you feel in your body. Notice what you hear. What you smell. What you see. How the temperature in the room feels.
Keep noticing what’s going on inside you and around.
And keep taking deep breaths, until you feel calm again.
When you’re present in this moment, it’s time to call upon your intuition:
What do I need right now? What’s THE best thing for me now?
Do whatever comes up. Even if the answer is something that’s not even on your
This week’s transformational action:
Practice being present in the moment every day.
It will help you feel more relaxed and at peace. Then, ask your intuition what your next best action is. And do it, of course 😉
These inspired actions are the best actions you could possibly take. You’ll feel better and more at peace, and get better results as well!
You won’t feel overwhelmed anymore when you stay connected to the present moment. Try it!
© 2013 Brigitte van Tuijl
P.S. Want to learn how to be more present, use your intuition as a business tool, and co-create with the universe to get more done with less effort?