So I'll be sharing some strategies to reduce it and/or manage it. If you've not viewed the initial video and post on How to Manage Overwhelm in 4 Easy Steps, I suggest you do. This post serves to offer additional ideas. I know in personal development, folks like choices-- people just like approaching challenges in different ways. By the way, these are actions I am actually taking, so join the jouney with me.
1). Channel or redirect the energy of overwhelm.
I see it as brain fog. It's a chemical reaction in the brain that can easily be diffused by re-directing attention and then hyper-focusing on something else. So for me that will be cleaning off and for the most part clearing my desk (or you may want to call it "de-clutter"). This act is symbolic of sorts representing a clear mind and of course there is the added bonus of being able to say "awh" after a space has been cleared. (If it's really de-clutter for you, then I recommend this be your first step. You'll want to click here for help.)
2). Play a game.
I have come back to one of the games I've loved in the past and that is Tetris. I thoroughly enjoy it and it absolutely accomplishes the goal of re-direct and hyper-focus. Obviously this must be managed. Luckily, I have the ability to play a few games and then go back to work.
3). Listen to your favorite music that generates pleasure.
This is going to be different for everyone, but it accomplishes the same effect. Music stimulates the brain in a way that releases a variety of chemicals that causes certain feels. Choose the music that generates real enjoyment and pleasure. This experience counteracts the feelings of overwhelm. The intensity of your feelings will determine how long and how closely you will need to listen to the music. It may require head phones with some deep breathing.
There may be other ways you are already re-directing and hyper-focusing to diffuse. If so, share them in the comments section.
Source material: Organizational Strategies for the Overwhelmed - how to manage your time, space, & priorities, to work smart, get results & be happy - Kindle - The Book - Nook - Audio Book - The Seminar => Remember it's also a seminar that can be brought to your organization.
Link to the transcript of How To Manage Overwhelm in 4 Easy Steps - click here
If you're a manager or HR professional, you'll want to read this complimentary post - 10 Ways To Help Employees Manage Overwhelm, which first appeared as a featured piece on the site Business Management Daily.
It's now both on Kindle & Nook - Here are the links to this title: De-clutter Your Life From The Inside Out Kindle | Nook