3 things to ask yourself when you feel overwhelmed

Overwhelm can feel like a constant battle. Especially when life is always go-go-go. I cannot even begin to tell you how many nights I’ve spent (and still do on occasion) tossing and turning begging my brain to quiet down.

Overwhelm doesn’t just happen with thoughts, however.

  • It happens when we get upset.
  • It happens when we feel super emotional.
  • And it happens when we feel like we’re experiencing we “shouldn’t have to” or weren’t expecting.

And, ranting when you are overwhelmed is good sometimes, if,

  • Make you feel better // empower you
  • Bring awareness to the situation that can lead to a solution
  • Inspire others to take action
  • Or help you solve a problem. Aka ranting and then asking for guidance

When faced with an overwhelming and/or irritating moment, take pause and consider the following questions.

  1. Will it matter a year from now? (or a week or a month?)
  2. What can I do to come back to the present moment?
  3. How can I take action toward a solution?

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Getting past disappointment: let go of the ‘fixed ideas’ that hurt you

Getting past disappointment: let go of the ‘fixed ideas’ that hurt you:

Excerpt:

The disappointment will feel permanent because we think that how we perceive things is fixed. We can change our mind and ultimately our perspective about something, whenever we feel like it. It’s that willingness to let go of thinking that doesn’t truly serve us because it ultimately limits and stifles us.

Letting go is a decision. Thinking something else is a decision. We have to choose and keep choosing.

In accepting my disappointment, I acknowledged how I felt, what I thought and what I’d been doing. These disappointments felt bad because I was reopening old wounds and telling me all sorts of bad things about myself that just weren’t true. I was attached to feeling bad about me. Disappointment gave me a purpose. I learned a lot about me by accepting the disappointment. It wasn’t pretty at times but you know what? It was better than the torment of giving myself a hard time over not being able to control the uncontrollable or even worse, doing the equivalent of throwing tantrums.

 

Disappointment is a very real feeling but don’t let it claim you. Some disappointments you learn to live with and they gradually stop dominating your thoughts and conversations. Others just fade out because in treating you well, that balm soothes the hurt and you become open to better days and things ahead.

 

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