What do you do when you are overwhelmed?
When life's stresses weigh on you, climb on top of you until you cannot breathe?
Remind you that there is so much more you could be doing, and that no matter what you do there is always more to be done?
For a productivity junkie like me, feeling overwhelmed shutters me. I choose 'freeze' as my response, which means freeze in terror and sink into a 'I don't know what to do' state of mind.
So how do I cope with the overwhelm? How do I 'snap out of it?' How do I reclaim my ground in the face of overwhelm?
This is temporary.
Most of the time in life, confirming my fleeting existence can be challenging to feel.
But in the face of overwhelm - reminding myself that all is temporary, gives me perspective that calms me down. That brings me back to a more balanced window of tolerance. That even makes me laugh a little and release some of that tension out, so I can snap out of my frozen overwhelmed state, and begin coping with my challenges one by one. So the next time you are overwhelmed and don't see a way out of the overwhelm - remember that this too shall pass. That the only constant is change. That even this intense state of mind and heart is.... TEMPORARY.
In April 2020, while experiencing her first ever global pandemic, Tamar Pelzig pledged to write something every day, even if it's only a word, so she welcomed to the world a daily blog to keep her creative writing wheels rolling.
Header Art: Daniel Landerman