On Feeling Overwhelmed

I’m starting business school today.  Not just any business school, but B School with Marie Forleo.  You remember Marie, the figure-out-able lady I told you about last week?

(*yawn*) “Good for you, Chris, but what does that have to do with me?

Funny you should ask.  The topic for today is about feeling overwhelmed.  We’ve all been there.  Overcommitted, too many obligations, too much happening at once.  OVERWHELM.

I’m trying to avoid that nasty burned-out feeling of overwhelm.  I work a full time day job that can be mentally exhausting.  I write this blog.  I am leading the It’s Never Too Late class.  I do my grief work.  I have a thirty year marriage that I would like to see get to thirty-one years.  And I have two pugs, one of which is a super-charged, six month old bundle of energy, both of whom have managed to do a Houdini and get out of the yard last week.  I still don’t know how they did it.  So on top of everything else, I have to staple up chicken wire and make sure there are no gaps big enough to crawl through.  In my spare time.  And while the sun is out.

Fortunately, the Universe delivered some good advice to my inbox in the form of a blog by Courtney Carver.  Courtney writes Be More With Less, a blog I very much enjoy reading, including a recent post, 12 Things to Remember When You are Feeling Overwhelmed.  I love this, especially #2 and #3.  #4 should be something we all need to be able to recite in our sleep, it should be that familiar.  But then it’s hard to deny #9 and #11.  Ah, heck, they’re all good.  Courtney knows what she’s talking about.  In 2006 she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and had to drastically revamp her whole life.  Her blog is all about living better by getting rid of the noise and clutter in your life, so she’s a bit of an expert on handling overwhelm.

Which ones spoke to you and your life?

9 Replies to “On Feeling Overwhelmed”

  1. Thanks for sharing this! I’m going to check out her post now. I know all too well about feeling overwhelmed. Once upon a long time ago spring was a just plain exciting approach, now there’s so much happening every season, wow. But I’m glad to be alive. Thanks for helping pass the message along. Good luck with all you’re dealing with. 😀

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  2. #1,2,7 & 12 resonate with me most right now.
    #7 I employed just a bit ago, saying a prayer before lunch and being glad that I’m safe in the midst of terrible tornadoes in Alabama. 😦 I hope help and love is in sight for them.

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  3. It’s funny how much of that I have managed to do. But sometimes, life just IS overwhelming. Medical stuff especially. If you are involved in health issues, you can’t unplug. Sometimes unplugging can lead to unpleasant side effects — like death. Not worrying is great, but sometimes, you need to see what is going on so you can fix it. Is that worrying — or is that planning? I like to think it’s dumping the worry and instead, figuring out what you can do to fix an issue. You can’t fix everything, but sometimes, you can fix enough things to make life more liveable. Good list. Works better when you aren’t working a full daytime job, though.


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