Overwhelm vs. Acceptance & Self-Compassion

Sea stones at sunset


We all have had those days and weeks where we wonder what more can possibly happen and we sink into overwhelm.

That was me last week, feeling a little under the weather, not sleeping well and had two close family members hospitalized. At first, I fought being overwhelmed and it wasn’t until I decided to fully accept where I was at and use self-compassion that I was able to shift into calm, functioning mode again.

It’s funny, as I write this I think to myself, that doesn’t sound like a lot – yet it was at the time. It’s so easy to jump into judgment when these things happen to us or someone else.

Tip on how to get out of overwhelm:

  1. Acknowledge what you are really experiencing. Don’t minimize it, don’t try to push through.
  2. Take time out to determine what you personally need right now.
  3. Ask for help – whether it’s helping to complete tasks, emotional support, or something else, ask for what you need.
  4. Practice self-compassion! Treat yourself like you would treat a best friend (or even better).
  5. What can you reasonably take off your load? I pushed out a couple of deadlines, made some changes to my blog schedule and took some much needed time off.
  6. Engage in self-nurturing behaviours. Take a walk, have a healthy meal, a hot bath or whatever nurtures you.
  7. Breathe. Slow down and simply breathe. This too shall pass.

When in overwhelm, our bodies produce a great deal of adrenalin and it taxes our system – often resulting in getting physically ill. So taking time to relax, refresh and replenish ourselves – both physically and emotionally is vital.

Self-care is important to maintain your mental health. You deserve it. Your team deserves it.