How Do You Manage Overwhelm?

Every Monday I’ll post a video/written question for the week – something I’m thinking, that I saw in the news or that was inspired by a conversation. The questions serve a couple of purposes:  to get you thinking, to share ideas, and to collect data.  I’ll offer my thoughts, but more importantly I’d like to hear from you so we can learn from each other.

Overwhelm. Have you experienced it? That feeling of having too much to do and not enough time to do it? I’ve come to define overwhelm as too many thoughts and not enough action.  To solve it I need to get out of my head and do something with my body. Either take action on one of the thoughts, go for a walk, stretch – anything that keeps me from thinking too much.  In this video I share my favorite cure for overwhelm – a few deep breaths – and as I do a surprise guest enters. A furry friend who often reminds me to take a break during the day.

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How do you manage overwhelm?  Have any (healthy!) techniques to share?  We all manage it in different ways, I’d love to know what works for you.

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  • Chris Edgar

    Hi Stacey — yes, cats are a great example of creatures that never experience overwhelm, aren’t they — because they just do whatever they want when they want it, they never find themselves needing solitude or “me time,” or finding themselves with too many obligations. I definitely learn a lot from them. :)

  • Lance

    My cat bites me (constantly!!!). I think it’s his way of managing overwhelm… (glad I could be of service, sir Rufus The Relaxed!!!)

    For me – it’s how I intentionally start and end my day that make a big difference. When I have this – my own intentional start and end to the day – my days, in general, are mostly free of overwhelm…

  • Karl Staib – Work Happy Now

    Whenever I’m feeling stressed out I have two tried and true methods. I trail run/walk with my dog and practice Yoga. Both help me settle my thoughts and bring myself back into a good mental and physical space.

  • Stacey Shipman

    Hi Chris – I learn a lot from my cats, too. They really do know how to live it up!

    Lance – I love that you start your day intentionally. Making some time for your needs is critical to have the energy you need to be attentive to others.

    Karl – I hear you! Those are my personal favorites (though we don’t have a dog much to my husband’s dismay)

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