It's 10.30am Thursday the 1st of May, and I am just now sitting down to write today's blog post. It has been a busy past couple of weeks, working with clients, running my new group program '6 Weeks to Career Clarity', planning & prepping wedding activities for my sister's upcoming wedding, and doing the odd climate change workshop at schools.
From hosting an event last night, to a 6am rise for a BNI networking breakfast this morning, I am a little sleep-deprived, and honestly, a little overwhelmed.
It's interesting how, when you are feeling a certain way, you attract more of that into your life. Many of my clients this past week were feeling overwhelmed too, and I had late dinner with a friend last night after the event, who is also suffering from this feeling.
If you are dissatisfied in your work, and looking for that thing you are meant to be doing, I know how overwhelming it can be. It can be so overwhelming, in fact, that a lot of people don't even step up to this their entire lives.
So what is the best way to deal with overwhelm?
When we are overwhelmed, we tend to be scattered. Our heads are racing, and we don't know what to do next. We get into "panic" mode where we are constantly reacting, reacting, reacting, and forget to take a moment to step back, tune into ourselves, and respond to situations accordingly.
In my overwhelm this morning, I decided to ask myself the question that I posed to my overwhelmed friend last night, as well as a couple of overwhelmed clients this past week:
What will bring you the most relief?
When we are in an overwhelmed state, it is impossible to move forward. That's why when we feel overwhelmed, it can be difficult to get out of that state: things keep piling up that make us feel more and more overwhelmed, and we aren't able to move forward (at least not very fast).
The first step to overcoming overwhelm is finding immediate relief, even if it has nothing to do with all the things on your "to do" list. It could be finding a job that you don't necessarily enjoy but at least pays the bills (so you don't have to stress about money!), it could be contacting a particular person to get a definite answer about something, it could be as simple as a walk in the park. It really depends on your particular situation, and I know you have the answer as to what will bring you the most relief.
Relief isn't the long-term solution, and that's ok. When we are feeling overwhelmed, relief is the immediate feeling we must take action to obtain, which will then open the doorway to the hope and clarity needed for longer-term decisions & actions.
With relief comes hope, and with hope comes clarity.
When I asked myself this morning what would bring me the greatest relief, I realized that writing a post sharing about where I am at with my readers was exactly what I needed. It's not a well thought out or planned post, but it feels damn good to be honest about where I am at, and to offer some support to others that have suffered a bit from April-craziness overwhelm.
Immediate relief always brings new energy to my life, and with that comes hope: Hope for getting re-energized, for getting the things on the "to do" list done with joy and presence, and for helping others overcome overwhelm too (so they can really shine & be great no matter what they are doing!). From this place of relief, and hope, I have perspective & clarity on what I need to do next.
Step #1: A nap!
Here's to kicking overwhelm in the butt, welcoming immediate relief, and embracing hope & clarity.