Overcoming Overwhelmed


We are definitely in some overwhelming times; a pandemic, racial issues that need to be addressed, financial concerns and an election coming soon.


How are you dealing with it all? For me, I have had some moments of feeling overwhelmed to the point I had to even delete social media off my phone for a while just so I could process how I was feeling.


As a Success Coach I know the tools to help me through it, but sometimes it takes a bit for me to get there.


You too? Glad I am not alone.

You know what it feels like...


You start to feel the pressure.  A million thoughts circle in your head.  


...Decisions get harder. 


...Conversations take effort.  


...Life seems difficult all around.


You start to feel like all your joy and zest is slipping away.  Then the chaos starts - internally and externally.  Finally, feelings of anxiety and exhaustion take over.


And all you have to show for it is the emotional wreckage that leads you to fear or decision paralysis.  It may have started as a thought, but it quickly turned into a cyclone of destruction, at least in your mind.

My beautiful friend, I want to help you stop the cycle. 


The truth is, you cannot ignore feelings of overwhelm or even feelings of fear.  They do not just go away and you cannot outrun them. 


BUT, you CAN stop the cycle of inaction, decision paralysis and feelings of anxiety or feeling trapped by taking each fear and giving it a voice.


Are you ready to give it a go?  Get out a piece of paper (or download my free PDF) and write down the following:

  1. What is it that you fear?  - ONE ITEM, be specific

  2. What are 5 or 10 of the worst outcomes with this fear?

  3. What can you do to prevent each of the worst outcomes?

  4. What can you do to repair each of the worst outcomes IF they happen?

When you give voice to the fear, what you fear doesn't have the pull on you it once did. 

Furthermore, you have stopped ruminating on the "What If's" and started solving a potential problem.  This type of thinking takes off the layer of oppression you feel with being overwhelmed.

A couple of key points for this process:

  • Do this for each fear.  Don't lump them together. 

  • You may end up going back to one of your sheets to add a few extra worst case scenarios.  DO IT!  Don't let it ruminate in your mind.  Process them.

  • It may seem silly, but I promise you that decision paralysis, anxiety and overwhelm is not something to laugh at and you have a LIFE to live!

So, to help you further in creating a habit of getting out of the cycle of living in fear and into the cycle of LIVING YOUR LIFE I have created a Break Through Fear PDF to walk you through the process.  It is basically the same process as above but so much prettier and with a bit more information. 


Download your copy using this link:

https://www.christiratcliff.com/overcoming_overwhelmed


I would love to know how this has helped you move forward.  Feel free to email me at support@impactforimpact.com

Blessings,


Christi

Philippians 4:6-7

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

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