Because feeling overwhelmed is quite common when facing major challenges or life changes, we’ve invested some time this week in the topic. Two days ago, we explored my personal experience of overwhelm in the moment when the reality of Gary’s diagnosis hit home for me….three weeks after his illness had been confirmed. Yesterday, we explored the first three tips including the importance of assessing the situation to know when you are safe versus experiencing a medical emergency.
Three more ways you can address overwhelm include:
4. Get Support ~ if something is feeling so daunting that it creates a high level of stress, it may be time to get some support. During the initial moment of panic, being able to reach out to Gary helped me to calm down. Having that experience allowed me to see I needed some extra emotional support and a plan that put in place some resources for me as the caregiver. Though Gary had to deal with the stress and physical experience of cancer and treatment, I had to deal with the impacts care giving. Though coaching was not a resource in my realm at the time (and, boy do I wish it was), I found other ways to create being supported.
I am not alone on this journey. I don’t have to do it alone. I remind myself of the incredible network of friends, family and associates I have who believe in me and support me. If going through your challenges has led you to isolate, start to look at your network and find ways to reach out. Remember how much you get from helping others and give them the same opportunity to support you.
5. Breathe ~ sometimes I have to remind myself to just breathe. If I am not connected to my breath, I am not connected to my purpose, my body, my higher self or others.
6. Move ~ go take a walk, hit the gym or get to the nearest dance floor. Whatever it is for you that engages your body in movement allowing your brain to release all those positive endorphins…do it!
You don’t have to be a victim to overwhelm. Begin to use tools and resources that keep you healthy and balanced including asking for help when you need it.