Transforming Overwhelm


What to Do

So, what ways are there to deal with feelings of overwhelm?

As overwhelm is fundamentally to do with worrying about the future, and your feelings about that, there are two basic aspects to dealing with it. Firstly, to bring yourself into the present moment, and secondly, to develop greater calm. How you go about this, though, can be quite varied.

  1. Meditation/mindfulness – the whole point of meditation is to be in the present moment, non-judgementally. In this way, it works on both the rumination issue and the calm issue associated with overwhelm. If you are in the here-and-now, you are not worrying about what might happen. And if you are being gentle and kind to yourself about your thoughts and feelings, allowing and accepting them, then you will feel a lot calmer about whatever arises.
  2. Tapping – by releasing the roots of the stress you are facing, tapping will reduce the overthinking around it. It is also proven to create a state of calm, dropping bodily cortisol levels significantly. Once again, reducing rumination and increasing relaxation and self-acceptance.
  3. Hypnosis – one of the ‘Laws of Suggestion’ devised by Émile Coué in the early part of the 1900’s basically states that you cannot be both angry and relaxed at the same time. By creating a state of calm, hypnosis allows you to examine the causes of your stress, while not feeling its effects. In so doing, it allows you to be present with the associated emotions, and also to connect with your unconscious mind to seek out the underlying causes, and release them.
  4. Matrix Reimprinting – this technique basically combines tapping and hypnosis to dive deep into negative beliefs and resolve them. Not only does it get you into a calm state while you’re doing so, but it also specifically focuses on creating a positive belief and state to replace the previous negative one. This is especially recommended if there are deep roots to your overwhelm. For example, if you started to feel overwhelm as a child, this is a good indication that the underlying negative beliefs go back a long way.

While deep-rooted overwhelm can perhaps best be dealt with in a session with a trained practitioner, there is still a lot you can do for yourself. Whether it’s regularly practising a calming breath for yourself, or doing some kind of mindfulness practice, every little really does help!

And if you would like a place to start, here is a tapping video to transform overwhelm in all aspects of your life. You’re welcome 🙂

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