How often do you find yourself saying “Why do I feel overwhelmed all the time?”

First of all, don’t worry if you do, you are not alone. Feeling overwhelmed is normal, but it’s important to take action anyway.

Our homes are extensions of our energy fields and can be used to cleanse and organize our minds, bodies, and spirits.

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Why Do I Feel Overwhelmed All The Time? – Video Transcript

Our homes are an extension of our energy fields.

Everything we have in our homes is a representation of ourselves.  This is why practices like cleaning our homes, rearranging furniture, organising cupboards and getting rid of stuff that is cluttering up our space can have a profound impact on our mind, body and spirit.

I find the best way to do this is to focus on what we can do something about, particularly if everything that is happening feels like a crisis and overwhelms us.

If we focus on what we can control, like making a simple plan to help us stay a bit calmer when we feel under pressure, then it gives us a good and empowered feeling of having a way to move forward.

If we focus on what is in our control, then it becomes easier to accept that there are things that are beyond our control, like how the government is responding to world events, and what other people are doing and saying.

A way to get to this place of acceptance is by focusing on the breath whenever we get caught up in that feeling of being out of control and overwhelmed.

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And then obviously we need to take some sort of action, and we do need to make sure that the action we take is in line with our values, because if you take action that only pleases other people and is not good for you, then that will cause you stress and take you straight back into feeling overwhelmed.

Your values might be things like:

  • kindness
  • courage
  • patience
  • love
  • compassion
  • determination
  • playfulness.

Whatever your values are, connect with them and let them guide your actions.

However, having said all that, if you feel that you just have to ‘worry’, then give yourself permission to worry, and when you do this on a conscious level, the interesting thing is that you can’t quite grasp those pesky thoughts, and they might not seem to be as troublesome as when you allow them to go unchecked, round and round in your head. So, everyday, maybe set time aside for some ‘worry’ time, so you can be calmer for the rest of day. It might be for 5 minutes or half an hour, take the time that feels right for you.

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So when you get carried away by your thoughts, stop, take a deep breath, and pay attention to it, your breath, that is, and then notice how and where you feel the most tension, maybe it’s in your shoulders, maybe it’s in your jaw, or your hip area… then let that part of your body soften, and notice your breath going in and out.

And you can take this awareness a bit further, when your thoughts keep returning, because they will, then have in your minds eye, that you can reach out and touch them.  You are not judging what the thoughts are about, you are just touching them, like touching speech bubbles you see in a comic, and whatever snap judgement you are making about your thoughts.  By touching them, you are short circuiting the connection to them, by touching them gently, and then coming back to the breath.

Thoughts are not the enemy, it just means you are alive, so when you short circuit them, by touching them, it means that you have changed them, maybe they have disappeared completely or they have got less intense, or perhaps they have got to a manageable degree so you can just let them be, instead of being ruled by them.

If they come back again, say hello, touch them again, and let them be again. Don’t worry about their persistence, eventually they will quietly tire themselves out. And as we do this, because we’re not fighting with them, a little bit of rest naturally comes along. It’s a byproduct. We don’t have to try to rest or try to be calm, just touching and letting go allows a natural kind of rest to overtake us.

How good is that?

When we release stress, we can think clearly again. By giving ourselves small regular breaks from the stress, we down-regulate the nervous system so that we feel better for more and more times during the day.

In times of challenge or crisis a certain amount of fear and stress are inevitable; they are natural responses to the more difficult moments of our lives. However we often cause ourselves a lot of excess suffering by continuously worrying and ruminating about all kinds of things that are not in our control.

So once you have practiced ‘touching your thoughts’ and feel that you have a little bit of a feeling of being control, you could perhaps consider what small positive steps you could take to look after yourself and maybe others too.

What needs to change to make things easier or better?

If you take action, in line with your values, on what you can control, we can shift from a state of helplessness to one of being filled with hope and even being empowered.

Life is not a problem to be solved it is an experience to be lived.

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