“Happiness is the art of relaxation.” – Maxwell Maltz
Do you have exercises that work for you to try when you feel overwhelmed?
Being overwhelmed and going through a burnout phase is normal. But the defining point is taking control of your body, emotions and environment to stop the spiral and recharge in a way that you need and you can regulate.
In this episode of The Elevated Life podcast, we’re sharing “4 Things to Try When You Feel Overwhelmed” so you can learn different strategies to find the balance and peace in your life when you’re on the brink of burnout. If you struggle with managing overwhelm and taking care of yourself during challenging times, don’t miss this episode!
Tune in to hear:
✨ How to manage and release pent-up anger and emotions instead of suppressing them
✨ Why it’s essential to unplug from social media and external triggers that can cause overwhelming feelings
✨ A breathing technique to give your mind a break
✨ What to do in the moment when you recognize someone else getting overwhelmed
4 Things To Try When You Feel Overwhelmed
Drop Every Non-essential Commitment You Have
To live a truly fulfilling life, it’s crucial to let go of all non-essential commitments that don’t serve our highest purpose. That means saying no to social events that aren’t aligned and excess TV watching, and prioritizing self-care time. It’s all about going back to the basics and taking care of our fundamental needs such as good food, adequate sleep, and hydration with mineral-rich water. By simplifying our lives, we can find more joy and contentment by focusing on what truly makes us happy. Instead of getting caught up in anger and negativity, we can choose to channel our energy towards positive pursuits that align with our values and goals.
Unplug from all External Triggers
In today’s world, we are constantly bombarded with external triggers that can cause stress, anxiety, and overwhelm. We often turn to social media to distract ourselves from the chaos, but in reality, it only adds fuel to the fire. Instead of aimlessly scrolling through social media, we should turn it off and prioritize our mental health. Take a moment to look at your screen time and see how much of your day is spent on your phone. Unplugging may seem difficult, but it’s worth it for the peace of mind and clarity it can bring.
Switch Up Your Environment
When you’re feeling overwhelmed, it’s time to switch things up and introduce some new stimuli. A great way to do this is by taking a walk outside or doing something different. By doing this, you’re not only getting some exercise and fresh air, but you’re also creating space between overwhelming thoughts. Thoughts can be a major source of stress, so it’s important to give your brain a break from them. So, grab a friend or loved one, take a stroll, focus on your breathing, and enjoy the moment. You’ll be amazed at how much better you feel!
Brain Dump Your Thoughts
When we’re feeling overwhelmed, our minds can become cluttered with a barrage of ideas, tasks, and responsibilities, making it difficult to focus on any one thing. That’s where brain dumping comes in. When you give yourself permission to just let it all out, you free up space in your mind for new perspectives and fresh ideas. Imagine clearing out all the noise and clutter from your mental channels, so you can focus on what truly matters. By making a list of everything that’s been weighing you down, you can start to assess what you can change and what’s out of your control.
Highlights from this episode:
(03:46) The first strategy to utilize when you start to feel overwhelmed.
(05:42) How trapped anger in your body can lead to feeling overwhelmed.
(07:07) The second thing to try when you feel overwhelmed.
(07:27) A question to ask yourself everyday to start to take more care of yourself.
(08:52) A third technique you can try when you feel overwhelmed.
(11:25) How to find the balance between socializing and grounding yourself.
(12:38) The last technique you can try to help curb overwhelm.
(14:10) Chris’s secret for how he organizes his thoughts.
(17:01) Brit’s rule that she lives by.
(17:56) How to start implementing these techniques with the people around you.
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