Overwhelmed and Paralyzed

The things to do keep piling up. Your mind is racing. Emotions all over the place.

But you’re not getting anywhere. You can’t focus. Can’t even start.

You are overwhelmed.

Being overwhelmed is like being paralyzed. You want to move, but for some reason, you can’t. And you don’t have any idea what’s going on.

It’s a common human condition. We all experience this at some point. So there’s no need to beat yourself up.

The first thing you should do when you’re overwhelmed is to stop whatever you’re doing.

Go to a secluded place. Sit down. Take a deep breath a few times.

Now that you’re alone, it’s time to listen to your mind.

What is the mind saying?

That bad things will happen to you and your family? That you are incompetent? You’ll let people down?

None of these are true.

What the mind is doing is making things up to protect you. Because it senses danger. It wants you to stop whatever you’re trying to accomplish.

You have to fully acknowledge that these are all happening in the mind — they’re not real.

But don’t fight with them. The more you resist, the more you suffer.

Instead, acknowledge the unwanted thoughts. Don’t judge yourself. They are there. You can’t control them.

Just let them flow.

Once acknowledged, remind yourself that they are not true. Then smile. 🙂

Do that and you’ll see that you’re slowly regaining control.

And that’s the place you want to be — the place where (you feel) you are in control.

When you feel in control, you’re back in the game.