The Secret To Beating Stress and Overwhelm
Jun 02, 2016
Ever felt overwhelmed by all the things you’re supposed to do to beat overwhelm?
Example: I must get up early, exercise, then meditate - or was that suppose to be the other way around? That’ll keep me calm. Then I need to eat a healthy breakfast, preferably made from scratch... by me. Breath deeply all day, especially when I’m feeling stressed. Sit and eat, no distractions, not even answering the phone when I can see it’s my kids school ringing. That’s mindful eating, right? Be mindful and do yoga. Don’t eat gluten, it’s bad for you. Do eat gluten it’s not really bad for you. Quit sugar, reduce caffeine, don’t wear ‘suck me in undies’ they cause digestive problems...
Have you ever questioned what the heck you’re doing, but kept pushing on through anyway?
I mean, all of this stuff is ‘good’ for you right?
But what if it’s not?
What if the stress of trying to do it all, especially when you don’t feel like it, was contributing to your overwhelm?
It was for me.
In today’s information age, we have access to so much knowledge. We can basically teach ourselves anything with Dr Google and there’s so many varying opinions on what’s right and what’s not, that it’s easy to become overwhelmed and feel lost as to what we’re meant to be doing.
The day I read an article trying to convince the readers that broccoli can cause cancer, is the day I decided enough is enough. I laughed out loud at the ridiculousness and then I asked myself a question that I’ve since gone to ask 100’s of women, What feels right for me?
A common problem for us modern women today is we’ve become so consumed by everything we think we need to do. We have a tendency to fill our heads with too much stuff and then try to action everything at once, because we read somewhere that we ‘should’ be doing it.
And here’s the ironic thing: what we’re doing to reduce the overwhelm and stress is actually stresses us out!
Don't get me wrong, I love living a healthy, joyful and full life, but not at the expense of self. Listening to your intuition and making your decisions based on how you’re feeling is a much better option, so is being non-attached to the things you're doing.
If you slept in and can't meditate, that's ok. Find another time. If you don't feel like going for morning walk or nightly yoga session, show yourself some grace and don't go.
How do I want to feel today?
What can I do more of today to help me feel more of that?
What can I let go of today?
What am I feeling resistance toward?
Can I surrender to it?
Sometimes the sleep in, restful evening by the fire, brought breakfast or ½ a block of chocolate + chick flick is just what the soul ordered.
With love & spirit,