Need tips to overcome overwhelm? Who doesn’t these days? Overwhelm is a HUGE problem in today’s day and age. We have designed our days to jam in more things than can possibly be accomplished At least while remaining fresh and sane. We actually pride ourselves on being strung out by busy-ness.
“Busy” is the new Fine”. Goodbye Busy-ness Hello Balance.
I say it all the time. Acquaintance: “How are you, Trish?” Me: “Busy, but it’s all good!” My self-awareness is high and I realize I should not be proclaiming my busy-ness, so I like to add the qualifier “all good” as if it is justifying my busy-ness as acceptable (BTW, it’s not).
I see people in my office with all kinds of issues that could be reduced, if not eliminated, if they would get their “all good busy-ness” in check. ADHD, anxiety, memory problems, head injury recovery times, and sensory processing problems, just to name a few.
What Does Overwhelm Do to Your Brain?
When you feel overwhelmed it is because your brain is on overload. Neurologically speaking, what this can look like is an increase in power of slow, medium, and fast processing speeds, all at the same time. I call it an overactive brain pattern on a qEEG Brain Map. A “brain on fire” because the whole map is a combination of reds, oranges and yellows that remind me of flames. This increased power results in a variety of behavioral symptoms that can make you feel like your brain is bouncing off the walls. Here are just a few.
Too much slow processing speed, called Delta and Theta, can result in: fatigue or excessive tiredness, the feeling of shut down, brain fog, lack of focus, and difficulty planning and organizing your thoughts.
Too much medium processing speed, called Alpha, can lead to low motivation, the feeling of shut-down, irritability, moodiness, and difficulty regulating your emotions.
Too much fast processing speed, called Beta, can result in chronic stress, anxiety, feelings of anxiousness, a busy mind that won’t turn off, rumination or constantly mulling something over, and difficulty sleeping.
Tips to Decrease Overwhelm.
You must get control of your brain to decrease overwhelm. If you feel overwhelmed know this, your brain is controlling you and not vice versa.
Gain Brain Control Today to Conquer Overwhelm!
How, you might wonder? Start here. Balance the way you use your brain throughout your day and your week. During your days, use your brain first (if you can) for your most important thinking tasks. Make sure to take breaks on and off throughout your day combining the below “times” within your day. Don’t skip any and make sure each is present everyday to maximize your brain power and the happiness within your life. Also, be sure not to multi-task these specific “times” of day. Multi-tasking is very bad for your brain functioning. Dr. Caroline Leaf calls it “Milkshake Multi-tasking” because it is like putting your brain in a blender. Please do not blend your brain, avoid multi-tasking. Create your daily schedule that looks something like this:
When I am “busy” I tend to violate these rules of daily balance even though they have been proven to benefit your brain functioning and life, and I know better! When I violate them, I suffer! I’m tired, cranky, and less efficient. This I detest, so it comes with the added benefit of increasing my stress levels. Oh joy!
If It is Scheduled, It is Real.
If you’re like me, then you will have to schedule these times into your day. When I schedule them, I do not feel as if I am cutting into my productivity time (oh… a little peek into my overachiever brain). When they are scheduled, I reaffirm that these times contribute to my productivity, not take away from them. So, it is not that by taking a lunch you are cutting into your work time (my rhetoric here), you are taking the lunch so that you can go back to your work time with renewed vigor. So, for me workouts are scheduled, movie nights are scheduled, and sleep, you guessed it, is scheduled.
Benefits of Decreasing Overwhelm
If you learn to control your brain by creating beautiful routines throughout your day, you will reap the benefits of decreasing overwhelm.
Take control of your brain to decrease overwhelm to improve your life, it will be a game-changer for you!