Feeling Overwhelmed? Here’s What You Can Do To Feel Calm.
Are you feeling overwhelmed?
You are not alone! 55% of Americans reported feeling very stressed in a recent Gallup poll; making us among the most stressed people in the world!
With 60,000 – 80,000 thoughts tumbling through our heads every day, distracting us, overwhelming us, it’s no wonder.
What if you could learn how to take control of those thoughts and stop feeling overwhelmed?
I help people to understand the shifts necessary to take action to overcome stress and anxiety and start the healing process. The first step is to acknowledge that change is needed. Change is scary for people, personally and professionally. Yet, think about how you maintain the “status quo.” When you do the same things over and over again, you can’t expect a different result.
People who are open to new ways of responding to their stress and anxiety can create opportunities to shifts their thoughts and stop feeling overwhelmed.
Change means taking action against everyday stress and anxiety…no more reacting. You can learn how responding in a new and different way can help you feel more calm and balance, with less overwhelm.
I’ve spent more than 20 years drilling down simple techniques for my clients so they can change their thoughts and implement new and healthy habits. I’ll share 3 of these techniques that you can begin using today to take back control and stop feeling overwhelmed.
The techniques are incredibly simple, yet don’t let their simplicity fool you. When we practice them on a daily basis, we begin to feel how simply profound they are and begin to feel calmer and in control. The key to these working is that we have to actually practice them throughout daily life. Just like we brush our teeth everyday to prevent the buildup of plaque and tartar that lead to cavities, when practice the profoundly simple techniques on a daily basis, we can prevent the buildup of stress and anxiety leading to feeling overwhelmed.
Learn 3 techniques to help you stop feeling overwhelmed
- Crossing the Midline Grab a ball or anything within arm’s reach (water bottle, keys, etc.). Notice your angst or distress and rate it from 1 – 10. Now, begin to pass the ball from one hand to the other, passing it back and forth – making sure to cross the midline of your body. Do this for a minute and then check in with that angst or distress and notice what number it is now. If there is still some anxiety, toss the ball back and forth for another minute. Repeat for as many times as you need to make it dissipate or bring it down to a manageable level.
- Just Yawn! Another simple yet incredibly effective technique. Take a moment to yawn as big as possible. Really drop your jaw – this is great! Dropping your jaw stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which counteracts the “fight or flight” response. Then when you find yourself yawning, taking a big deep breath, you are flooding your body with the wonderful bio chemicals associated with the relaxation response. Repeat as needed!
- Three Part Breath Imagine a beautiful pool of cool, healing energy at your feet – whatever color appears is fine. Imagine that you can breathe this in through your feet upwards in a three-part breath. Imagine taking a third of a breath through your feet, just up to your knees and pause. Take another third of a breath up to your belly, and pause. Take that final third of a breath up to the top of your head and pause. Hold it for a moment, then a big exhale, washing away that which no longer serves you. Repeat as many times as you like.
Now that you’ve learned these three simply profound techniques to help you stop feeling overwhelmed, what will you do next? It is so easy to read an article, think “oh that’s nice” and then got back to your “status quo” and nothing changes? I get it – change is hard; and yet when we add in accountability, THAT is a game changer!
“Accountability breeds response-ability.” — Stephen Covey
I invite you to share this article with a friend, co-worker or family member and become accountability partners for the next 7 days. Commit to practicing these simple techniques, checking in with each other daily and notice how, after just 7 days, you feel calmer, more peaceful and balanced.