A super-quick episode this week, even by my standards, mainly because when feeling overwhelmed we often just want something that gets to the point. We’re not interested in the whys behind the what, although that is my favourite thing to decode. But sometimes, we just need to be told some things to do to get moving out of the overwhelm to a space where we can then look at the why’s.
If you’re feeling sad, overwhelmed, anxious, helpless, frustrated, please know that you’re in good company, and you are not alone.
The first thing to try is gratitude.
Take note of the things that you appreciate in your life. Doesn’t have to be big things. It can be the sun on your face. A good book. Or the first sip of coffee. We so often focus on what’s going wrong, (the brain’s survival mechanism, so we all do it) we forget to look at what’s already good.
Donate to a cause that means something to you.
Helplessness happens when there’s so much going on, and you have been dumped upon with others failing to take accountability, that you often don’t know where to start. However you donate, having a clear-out, sending some money, or volunteering your time it feels good to know you are helping others.
Cut back on all media, not just social.
Too much can be too much. You don’t need to be seeing or hearing about how other people’s lives are either appearing to be better than yours, or hearing about the world’s troubles causing you to should on yourself because you should be grateful your life isn’t as bad as theirs. Ditch the media, and step back from comparisonitis overwhelm.
Connect with someone you love.
This includes beloved pets. Don’t underestimate the powerful healing that comes with spending time with someone who cares about you. Connection, laughter, crying, feeling supported all really help when overwhelmed.
Get out in nature.
This one has been a little harder for me lately, as I no longer have my dog, and Archie is now too old for me to borrow, so heading into the woods isn’t quite as fun as it used to be. But nature is one place that is always in perfect harmony. It’s the middle of Spring at the moment, and another dog has come into my life and I’m seeing how well he can learn the ropes to run with me. Out in the woods the bluebells are starting to fade and the wild garlic is making its presence known with its heady aroma and being out there is incredibly healing. Breathing the fresh air, feeling the elements on my skin, listening to the birds. It’s a little slice of divinity.
And lastly, one that I often combine with the previous idea, is move your body.
As well as going for a walk or sit in nature, you could stretch, dance, do yoga. Stretching, dancing, and yoga can all adapted to be done from your bed or chair. Emotions are energy in motion. Moving your body helps your nervous system to shift these emotions (think of a deer shaking it out after it’s been chased), and releases the feel-good endorphins, even if it doesn’t feel like it at the time!
I want to share that I am creating a free mini course, a mini SHIFT. It is a taster of my SHIFT to Alignment 8-week experience designed to take you from drained to sustained, chaos to calm, uncertain to confident, into the most aligned, powerful and magical version of yourself.
My SHIFT to Alignment programme is more than just coaching.
It’s nurturing, expansive, guidance, and strategy rolled into one, and you will literally have me at the other end of the phone cheerleading you as you progress, grow, and SHIFT.
In SHIFT to Alignment we work through your mindset blocks, and we work through ways to work best with your body, flaws and all, and see it for the powerhouse that it truly is, and much stronger than you think, as you find balance with energy and hormones with a chronic illness.
And now you can have a taster of that in this free mini SHIFT. Five bite-sized units that you complete at your own pace. Doing this work has such a profound impact on my life. Not by giving me all the answers, but because as life changes, new things come up, and as we heal one thing it makes us stronger to take on the next. The work I put into SHIFT gave me the potential for massive, focused action that I had inside me to create change. And that potential resides in you, too.
You can get on to the waitlist at lifeinalign.com/minishift
. I hope you check it out because everything on there is something that I have personally tested to deal with my illness, and as I worked through my childlessness grief, and have seen great results with clients.
So, to stage three – gaining momentum
They say that in two weeks, you’ll feel it. In four weeks, you’ll see it. In eight weeks, you’ll hear it. So don’t give up!
If you choose to push through stage two and create a new reality, stage three is where habits start to form. You’re starting to feel a little more comfortable, confident, it’s beginning to feel a little more natural and you’re more open and responsive to learning from your mistakes, so to speak.
Nerves have given way to determination. You’re getting the hang of it.
Stage four – cruise control
Your new lifestyle is in full swing. You’re winning the mental game and it’s only a matter of time until you reach your goal, and feel you can take on whatever life throws at you.
That’s the game changer. Difficult things are always going to come up in the future, but once you have succeeded with one thing, when you have to start again, she says in quotes, you’re not starting from the beginning. You are truly starting with experience
And that is it for this week. Thanks for listening to this episode of the Life in Align podcast. Everything I mentioned in this episode can be found in the show notes at lifeinalign.com/link-me. You will find the link in the podcast notes too.
And remember – you are worth it, and you get to choose.
Have a lovely day.