You might know the feeling. Waking up in the middle of the night (or at 4am in my case!) Looking at your desk and literally not knowing where to start. Moving paper from one pile to another. It’s an awful feeling. Usually brought on a period of intense stress or prolonged stress.
What’s the brain doing?
And unfortunately, our brain doesn’t help us out too much..
This great article has this to say about what happens to the brain when we are under stress:
What to do?
I can hear the collective groan, as the answers are the usual culprits.
- Get enough quality sleep
- Eat well
- Stay hydrated
- Reduce the stimulants
- Practise mindfulness
And last, but not least – look at what’s causing the overwhelm. This may require taking half an hour out to sit with a trusted friend or coach to go through everything on your list and bucket it into more manageable chunks. That’s really hard to do when you’re in the middle of a cortisol attack, as it requires calm thinking and clarity. So, enlist some help.
Now, off to take my own advice!!
- Overwhelm always seems overwhelming, so it will take some kind of intervention to stop the feeling of drowning. Sometimes it does resolve on its own, but when it spirals, it becomes really hard to see the wood for the trees.
- Enlist help. Even if that’s just to sense check your list!
- Do the things – we know what makes a difference! We just need to do it.. Harder said than done I know!
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