Last week I heard so many of my clients and others say that they felt overwhelmed. I decided it would be a good blog subject.
Twenty years or so ago, at the dawn of the electronic age, people were prophesying that less paper and more technology would free us to work less and pay more attention to the most important things in our lives. Unfortunately, those predictions seem to be untrue. People today seem more overwhelmed than ever! I hear them struggling to “keep their heads above water.”
I did a little research on the definition…Overwhelm means TOO MUCH!
Overwhelm means to give a person too much of something; to completely overcome or take over, become engulfed; submerged.
If someone is overwhelmed by an emotion, they feel it so strongly that they can’t think clearly.
Too much to do-- too little time to do it--too many people making demands upon your time.
Does this sound familiar?
Since overwhelm entails feeling too much, life usually feels difficult or like a struggle!
So take some things AWAY…
SIMPLIFY!! Ask yourself, “What can I let go of?”
Stay open to the Possibilities, Keep your Energy High, and your Thoughts Positive!
Here are my four tips to help relieve your overwhelm:
1. Learn to say no
You overwhelm yourself by over committing. Think about what you can release from your schedule to make time for the extra requests that arise. If you have no choice but to take on extra demands, learn how to delegate anything that will distract you from your most important tasks or intentions.
2. Let go of Negative Thoughts—Think Positively!
Your thoughts can’t hold any power over you if you don’t let yourself own them or ‘be’ them. If you notice yourself having a negative thought, detach from it, witness it, and accept that that’s the way you feel. That negative thought has no power over you, and you don’t have to continue to feel that way. Choose to let it go and choose to have a better feeling thought.
3.Take Good Care of Yourself
It’s much easier to be positive when you are eating well, exercising, and getting enough rest. Become an earlier riser. Even if you don’t consider yourself a morning person, get up a bit earlier every day (10-15 minutes) and make a point of doing something good for yourself. Research shows that it takes 21-28 days of repetition to form a habit, so it will only take 3-4 weeks for you to become an earlier riser doing good things for yourself.
4. Remind Yourself of the Things You Are Grateful For
Stresses and challenges don’t seem quite as bad when you are constantly reminding yourself of the things that are right in life. Taking just 60 seconds a day to stop and appreciate the good things will make a huge difference. One idea that a lot of ultra successful people do is start a gratitude journal and they write in it every day – at least 5 things they’re grateful for. If you decide to do this, do it faithfully for 21-28 days – and then, the next time you feel down, take 15 minutes and read through it. I dare you to still feel overwhelmed after reading it.
From Carol Tuttle’s Soulprint Healing Course…
Let go of these thoughts:
I am overwhelmed
This is hard
I can’t keep up with this
I’m tired and worn out
I have to settle for less
I have to get by
It’s just too much
I have too much to do
I can’t keep up with it
I’m going to fail since I can’t keep up with the pace
Choose these thoughts:
I am free
I am at ease
I am allowing
I am at peace
It is happening
All is well
I am ready
Are you a joyous Creator of your life?
One night when we were on Maui a few years ago there was a very intense electrical storm! I couldn't sleep. I got up to listen to the pounding rain, thunder and lightning. As I tuned into the energy of the storm I began to write my experience of the creative process! It became my 7 Steps to Creating your Heart's Desire program that I love to teach.
Two years ago I spent a month on the Big Island on a personal retreat. During that time I recorded the audio portion of the 7 steps, wrote the workbook and illustrated it with some silk mandalas I painted. One of them is above. Now it is also a home study program.
For my birthday recently, my friend Nikki gave me a great book--Ask and it is Given by Esther and Jerry Hicks. I've been immersed in this book every day since. And guess what? They are sharing about the creative process too! A deeper understanding of what it FEELS like to be Alive! with Creating has emerged within me! Isn't that cool when that happens?
In this blog I'm going to share the first step to creating your heart's desires.
First, get a really clear picture or vision of what you are desiring, wishing for, asking, or praying for. Notice what you appreciate, adore, what has your attention. Be very specific. You can imagine it by using the creative visualization exercise that I've recorded for you OR you can pretend that it IS happening! A vision collage is a great tool for this too.
I see the creative process like growing a beautiful flower. I call the first step planting the SEED of your Heart's Desire.
What you focus on will be heard by the Universe and your Soul. Make sure you are thinking about what you DO want. I've learned that when I do this the manifestation can be quick. However, often I focus on what I don't want, which is really a form of lack. Then I get that! You only need to look at your life and see what you've been thinking about because that's what you've created!
If you want a loving life long relationship for example, then focus on what that would be like. FEEL it! See it! Pretend it's already happening. Notice your feelings. Your feelings are your compass for whether you are in the flow of your well being, your Spirit and your Soul, your heart's desires.
Become disciplined and consistent in holding the vibration of harmony and enthusiasm. Feel optimistic anticipation. Let go of impatience, doubt or unworthiness. You will become the joyous creator of your life!
When you focus on your heart's desires you will feel wonderful. When you focus on the absence of your desires you will feel awful. That is the true test of whether you are in the creative flow or not. When you feel awful, sad, disappointed, angry, jealous-- refocus your thoughts on good feelings.
In this way you will take creative control of your life. This is your creative power and you will feel Alive! with Creating and be on your way to manifesting your heart's desires!
Intuitive Artist, Joyful Living Spirit Coach, Master Colorist, Creativity Mentor, Author, and Speaker
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