Feeling overwhelmed during the Holiday Season or during a special occasion or event such as the planning of a wedding, presenting an exam, or going on a trip, is considered relatively normal as most of us are capable of handling these types of temporary situations successfully. However, living in a constant state of overwhelm has become the norm rather than the exception for many people.
Chronic overwhelm is one of the most debilitating emotions. It is a sensation that cannot easily be brushed under the rug while expecting it to disappear altogether just a few days after the main trigger has been dealt with. Moreover, if ignored indefinitely, the consequences become a burden on the overall well-being of the affected person.
Depending on how you handle stress as an individual, the effects of this condition may take time to become evident but ultimately, feeling overwhelmed regularly can affect your mind, body and spirit unless you learn to implement steps to recognize and alleviate it.
So, what do you do when you are feeling overwhelmed? Or better yet, are you even aware that you might be in a constant state of overwhelm? This is an important question to ask yourself as the feeling itself prevents the awareness… and you cannot work on making anything better unless you are first aware that the problem exists.
Let’s explore the mechanics of the condition.
The feeling of overwhelm derives from the stress caused by your reactions to life’s ups and downs. The anxiety caused by a rushed lifestyle, in a cluttered environment, an overbooked schedule, and not enough hours in the day to tackle all those things on your “to-do” list, eventually cause a sense of hopelessness.
Much like a snow ball going downhill, as you get more responsibilities and obligations, hopelessness increases and the feeling of overwhelm grows larger until it can wreck havoc on your nervous system and your health.
The problem is that it is not easy to become aware of your state precisely because you are so busy ‘at it’!
And, since the feeling feeds on stress, it becomes a vicious cycle. The more stress and worry the more tension and overwhelm, so much so that it becomes a part of life.
Here are a few pointers for you to ponder upon and help you identify if you are caught up in this cycle…
- Do you frequently feel irritable or on the edge for no apparent reason?
- Have you lost your sense of humor? Can you remember the last time you laughed out loud?
- Do you feel a strange need of keeping busy even when the daily usual tasks have been completed?
- Do you feel like you are spinning your wheels and getting nowhere?
- Have you lost your enthusiasm for those activities that used to excite you?
- Do you feel like life is getting ahead of you?
- Do you feel like no matter how much you do,you’ll never get caught up?
“Even though I’m feeling overwhelmed by everything I have to do,
I lovingly, deeply and completely accept myself.”
~ Dr. Carol Look
The feeling of overwhelm intensifies every time a new task gets added to your already overtaxed schedule. The resulting sensation is one of inadequacy, wanting to give up, anxiety, sadness, and even depression. As you are probably aware, your emotional health eventually affects your physical health unless you take measures to solve this situation.
Let’s now explore what happens inside when you are feeling overwhelmed:
Once a stressor is present, the adrenal glands –that sit atop the kidneys- go on override to produce cortisol, the stress hormone that helps us during the “fight or flight”response. This physiological response is natural and meant to last only a short time. Under normal circumstances, once the threat is gone, the cortisol levels dwindle down, until the need arises again. This is a wonderful mechanism of the body with the purpose of keeping us safe and well.
However, when we are chronically overwhelmed, the levels of cortisol remain high in our system which had the potential to damage healthy tissues. Eventually, adrenal fatigue causes constant sleepiness or insomnia, foggy thinking, fatigue that can go from temporary weakness to permanent exhaustion, weight gain, depression, irritability, and mood swings. As the adrenal glands become depleted, adrenal exhaustion sets in giving way to a variety of serious health conditions.
Also, from the metaphysical view point, feeling overwhelmed and stressed will inhibit your potential to manifest abundance because feeling overwhelmed is a low vibration state!
So what can you do to ease on anxiety and on feeling overwhelmed?
- Nutrition– cut down on stimulants, decrease refined carbohydrates, increase green leafy vegetables in your diet, drink plenty of water, and take a nutritional supplement.
- Rest– sleep at least 7 to 8 hours per day, and take breaks from activities throughout the day.
- Lifestyle– reduce your stressors consciously, exercise more and take frequent walks, practice yoga, dedicate time to an activity that you enjoy, breathe properly and deeply on a regular basis, and meditate.
Aside from these common sense healthy habits, EFT has proven very effective in coping with feelings of overwhelm right at the moment when it’s happening.
Dr. Carol Look and Rick Wilkes, have put together a fabulous program titled “From Overwhelm to Clarity” composed of 8 MP3 Audio Recordings + 147 page downloadable PDF Transcript. In this program, they talk about how small changes can make a big impact, how tapping helps gain control of the emotions involved in overwhelm, how to stop the vicious cycle, how to relax and release tension, and more.
With over 5 hours of helpful instruction and EFT/Meridian Tapping, Dr. Look and Mr. Wilkes will help you eliminate feelings of overwhelm while giving way to peace and clarity of mind.
What a relief is to know there is help!