Conquering the Overwhelm

Let’s be honest, the subject of this email is a bit lofty. Can one truly conquer all that overwhelms her? I’m not sure, but I’d say that frequently I find myself overwhelmed. So if I can envision myself victorious, then that’s the place I’d like to be.

In today’s world, it’s so easy to get swept up in just about everything. And though we, as a society, have the most accurate ability to track time, do we really have time under control? Did measuring time create our sense of overwhelm? And if we so frequently feel overwhelmed, how do we teach our children not to pick up on that very trait we despise. And how can we expect them to do what we say, and not what we do?

Am I hitting home for any of you? How do you keep it in check? Though it may not be easy, I try to keep in mind and follow the advice that I give my kids when they are feeling overwhelmed:

  1. Take everything one step at a time. When you have a lot on your plate, make a list and knock things off in bite-sized pieces.
  2. Create systems to help you be set up for long-term success. Yes, that can add more short-term overwhelm. But spending the extra time today is worth it tomorrow.
  3. Remember that having it all doesn’t necessarily mean having it all at once. And the same holds true for doing it all. You don’t have to do it all right now! You don’t have to be superhuman!
  4. On that note, make sure you make time count! If that means scheduling things on your calendar, then do that. And do it in 5-15 minute increments (not in the digital calendar default of 30 minute increments). If it’s using pen and paper, then write it down.
  5. Disconnect to reconnect. This is a term that is used frequently in the circles in which I travel, but it could not hold more true. Whether putting your devices down for a meal or getting out of town and into nature, make sure you are spending time with those who matter most – starting with yourself!
  6. Say no. This is the one I struggle with the most. I try to be everything to everyone. It’s okay to put yourself first. It doesn’t make you selfish and it can help you set reasonable expectations. Yes, I need to heed my own advice here!

I hope you find what centers you! In the meantime, I hope you are able to Walk the Walk yourself — one step at a time.

Until Next Time,
chick*u*do, co-founder
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