By Tina Greenbaum, M.Ed., LCSW
When I asked one of my business coach colleagues what the biggest challenge her clients faced, she quickly said “Overwhelm!” And as I look around at the people I serve (entrepreneurs, high-level business professionals, working moms and dads), the answer is invariably the same.
In my last blog, “Why is My Business Not Taking Off“, I looked at two factors that will help you to manage overwhelm, and they were:
1. Ask yourself, “What’s in my control, what’s out of my control?”
2. Keep your expectations realistic
In this article, we’ll look at some of the finer details on how to manage your thinking, so you can be productive and feel really good about yourself at the end of each day!
As with all change work, the very first thing we need to do is be aware of what we are doing and thinking. This ancient practice is getting a lot of attention these days, and it’s called Mindfulness.
Mindfulness simply means we are noticing what is happening in the present moment.
Remember, you cannot affect real change if you don’t know your starting point.
So, let’s go through the steps you need to take to get a handle on your overwhelm.
1.When you begin to feel overwhelmed, take a few moments for introspection. Notice your thoughts. Exactly, what are you thinking? The important thing here is to notice without judgment. If you start getting angry with yourself or beating yourself up, you will lose the opportunity to learn.
2. Notice your body. How does it tell you that you are stressed? Where do you feel the discomfort? Different people feel it in different places.
I know when I feel overwhelmed, my thoughts are all over the place. My head feels dizzy and my shoulders and neck are tight.
Take the time to get to know your own symptoms. They will help you to recognize when you are beginning to feel overwhelmed.
Being in touch with your own mind/body connection is a shortcut to helping you get back on track quickly.
As soon as you begin to notice these signs of overwhelm, go to Step 3.
3. There are many factors that contribute to feeling overwhelm. Now is the time for inquiry. These are some of the questions you can ask yourself:
- Did I overcommit myself by saying yes to too many people or projects?
- Did I not take the time to organize myself?
- Did I underestimate the time it would take me to complete these tasks?
- Am I letting the work pile up because I’m avoiding something I don’t want to face?
These are just some of the causes that lead us to feel overwhelmed. It is critically important that you identify the cause. Because, as you can see from above, different problems require different solutions.
We know that stress is harmful to our health, yet the demands we make on ourselves and the demands that are made on us are huge. If you challenge yourself to “take on” this problem of overwhelm, and follow the above suggestions, I promise, life will get sweeter.
To Your Mastery,
- Posted by Tina Greenbaum
- On 15th August 2017
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