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speaking with dear friends who are so kind to listen, through walking in nature as well as listening deeply.
Lately, playing tennis and singing in my choir are truly a balm when I feel overwhelmed.
I also like to talk to my real friends.
I feel grateful that I have received all these gifts.
Apropos question today. I was up early for a TV interview on women’s heart health. Although this was exciting, it completely unraveled my sacred morning routine. I’m replying almost 10 hours later than usual. It is a day of overwhelm. My routine helps me to avoid being overwhelmed and burnt out, but it can happen. I am going to replenish with a hike. Nature quickly returns me to homeostasis.
The obvious answer, and my answer, is to rest. If that is not possible, singing and/or deep breathing work. And sometimes all three.
It is an indication of how crazy this world has become that only one other person saw that as an option.
When feeling overwhelmed I typically like to look at the sky. It helps keep my perspective on how great our universe is both big and small.
Going to church and praying. I am back from Florida and my daughter is doing well after surgery. It was was very overwhelming but I needed to be there and be her advocate and stay strong. I did everything possible on her behalf. She gave us a scare. I am glad to be back home now though.
Thank you for the update – glad to hear your daughter’s sx was successful.
Amen Ribin Ann.
I am happy with you dear Robin Ann!
So glad your daughter is doing well. Take care of yourself now.
I pray, do breathing exercises, and listen to music. Finally, I’m ready to deal with whatever is waiting for me.
I wish I had a strategy that I tapped into …..but I don’t. This question is very timely!! Charlie T. has a great way of dealing with being overwhelmed…as did all who answered. When I am aware of getting out of control…and the word is aware…I STOP, LOOK and GO!! However; I often react before thinking. I am learning folks…this old dog CAN learn some new tricks. Thank you all for being here!
When I feel overwhelmed I tend to be angry with myself even more than usual. A lot of self-talk telling myself that I’m useless and can’t get things right. I tend to sit in bed reading and eating lots of junk food. I know it is at that exact point that I need to tap into something that will help me snap out of that moment and reclaim my abilities. As someone on this site said a few weeks before, it’s not our circumstance but our capabilities that matter. I need to remember that I am capable of making the right choices to replenish my energy. As an example I am out of a job right now, instead of making use of the time well and taking care of my body (which has a few issues) by practicing yoga, mindfulness etc, I find myself wasting time on my iPad. Instead of cooking nutritional meals, I find myself reaching out for junk food. Then I go back into my cycle of getting madder with myself for making poor choices. I loved all your strategies for coping and I will attempt them as well.
Journey, Good Luck! You know we all have things in our life…we make bad choices even when we know that they are bad. There are consequences to our behavior. Change your self talk to being positive…You are a good person, you are worth making good choices for you and your body…and the consequences will be positive. You got this Journey!! Make the best of your day and know that people think you are a very good person!!
Thank you for the kind words and encouragement Nanette. I truly appreciate it.
I have sent myself an e-card with a message I need to hear.
What a great idea.
When I feel overwhelmed, which is often,
I try to come back to the present moment.
In the present moment, I have what I
need, I am safe, and I can give and receive
Very wise, Charlie! Thank you! I am not sure I have a strategy…and your way of coping is very helpful.
Mindfulness, breath exercises, calling on my ancestors and claiming their strength, accepting what is and focusing on self care.
Breath practice. Meditation. Yoga. Getting outside and looking up at the sky. Playing with our dogs 🙂
First, I need a big view. I take a look at what I think is overwhelming me. I seek clarity. Then, I go to town taking care of business. Lastly, I try to be present as I am taking care of business. I also notice that if I am clear about my purpose for the business, I generally feel more calm.
Breathe in, breathe out fully. Repeat as needed. Yoga stretches. Read. When it isn’t winter, walk the beach.
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