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This morning I was asked what my go to strategy was for when things become too overwhelming.
To start with, I do my best not to let things get that far before doing something. Proactivity vs Reactivity is the name of the game.
Sure there will be life events that are unexpected and happen faster than you can anticipate.
When it comes to things you can see coming (e.g. family gatherings, a busy work environment) you can do a lot to manage overwhelm before it gets away from you and you burn out, freak out or run out.
So a daily, habitual practice of self-care is required. I listen to music throughout the day and if I can’t I may hum quietly or run the music through my head.
Even remembering your favorite songs, movies etc., can cause releases of dopamine and serotonin which can help you remain calm throughout the day.
I can’t quite go for a walk these days but I can drive somewhere for a change of scenery.
I can practice mindfulness no matter what the circumstances as such this is my go to strategy.
Anything you can do to interrupt the build up of tension that leads to overwhelm (e.g. not including street drugs) is helpful.
What are your options? What are you already doing that helps you keep overwhelm at bay? What do you need to start doing?
How can I help you?