Updated: May 19, 2020
Sometimes, it can feel like too much. And when the flood of overwhelm slowly overtakes our minds, it’s no longer about the art of doing but simply the art of being to reconnect to ourselves and our greatness.
How are you doing? I mean, how are you really? How often do we ask that question and take the time to listen? And when can you say is the last time you really asked yourself?
As I am writing this, it's coincidentally Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK with the theme of kindness. A value She Coaches Greatness firmly stands on through our content, coaching and way of being. However more coincidental then exclusive to the timing of this post, overwhelm can manifest at any time and kindness is an ever lasting value we must extend to ourselves and others to navigate through the valleys and mountain top that may come.
Today is all about being; because without the 'be' there is no 'do' and your state of mind is of upmost priority to be in the most productive and healthy mindset to bring out your greatness.
We're passionate about greatness, and want to see you living yours. So whether you've been feeling down, anxious or less productive lately, let's dive into 3 kind practices to help you get into a better mental state to get you moving again.
1. Pause, feel and let it out.
Okay, let's be mindful. What's going on with you and your feelings right now?
Often what causes us overwhelm is an accumulation of feelings and mental energy that remain unexpressed. We keep it all in until it bursts. When it gets too much, it's important to pause. To just pause, feel it and let it out. How about you try this right now?
Breathe in and out and feel your breath for a few minutes. Give yourself permission to feel whatever you're feeling with no judgement or guilt. Your feelings matter and It's okay. This is the time to nurture yourself, listen to your inner voice and be kind to you.
How was that?
Grab a journal and let it all out there. Write your heart out. If you're more vocal, maybe try a voice note to yourself and/or speak it out loud in a private space. You've just let it out!
Heroes, especially you, please give yourself permission to feel and let it out. This doesn't make you any less masculine! Strong doesn't mean exempt from feelings and ignoring them.
This practice has helped me out a lot in times of overwhelm. The principle is pausing, feeling and listening to my being then letting it out through journaling and/or out loud in a private and safe space. This is not another to-do or task; just quality time with ourselves and giving ourselves the self-respect we deserve. Find a time that works for you, what's most important is to not ignore or silence what's going on inside you and acknowledge what you are going through with kindness and gentleness.
2. Adjust your thoughts from overwhelmed to empowering.
In this trialing period, it's important to adjust your thoughts from overwhelmed induced to empowering. How are you talking to yourself?
Are your current thoughts helping you or causing you more distress? Perhaps you have a to-do list that seems uncrossed, a dis-empowering thought would be Í'm unable to do this' and guilting yourself for not doing it and/or falling behind which causes more distress. Whilst an empowering thought would be Í have what it takes to complete this, I will start with one today and give myself more time to finish what's required.'
There, you have empowered yourself by reminding yourself that you can, and have taken one step forward by tackling one small action, building more momentum and feelings of self-accomplishment. Be kind to yourself by giving yourself more time where you can, this will build encouragement and help overcome paralysis of action.
3. Take it one step, one day at a time.
This greatness journey is a marathon, not a sprint. We get there one step, one day at a time. Somedays we go full blast, some days we slow down. There is no size fits all and whats important is to keep going forward in progress not perfection.
If you're a planner like me, I already have project plans and goals for the year and next 5 years! However, as much as we can plan, we have to listen to the flow of life and nurture our inner being to the fullness of its capacity. I see no point in achieving goals to the cost of our mental health and inner peace. So be kind to yourself and be sure to celebrate the small wins! You may be doing better than you give yourself credit for.
There is so much inside of you, never lose sight of your greatness no matter the storms. Stand on who you are, one step and one day at a time.
That's it! My 3 practices to overcome overwhelm. My recent blog 'How to develop a Winning Mindset' will also encourage you for some deep mindset shifts that will serve you for the long run. But let's take it one day at a time, read it when you're ready.
I specialise in coaching my clients on mindset, so if you want to navigate through this, grab me for a coaching session. I'm here if you want to talk 😉.
I hope you enjoyed this post, let me know what resonated with you the most and how you get on 🤍
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To our greatness! x
Practices in this blog are suggestions only based on my experience. Please carry out your own research and seek professional advice if you need to. Remember, you've got this and you are great 🤍