Thursday, October 10, 2013

Feeling Overwhelmed

Google's definition of overwhelm: verb
past tense: overwhelmed; past participle: overwhelmed
  1. 1.
    bury or drown beneath a huge mass.

I found this photo in multitudinous places all over the Internet. Try as I might I could not find a source to credit it to. As I read on one of those places, trying to locate the source was in itself a little overwhelming.

Yes, I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed. I think I have put too much pressure on myself, which is not unusual for me to do. I'm also a little disorganized right now. A photo of my studio would be just downright embarrassing.

I have lots of ideas spinning around in my head. Sometimes grasping just one seems, well, overwhelming - kind of like pulling one thing out of a tornado. Overwhelming to say the least.

When I was studying nutrition a couple of years ago I took a stress management as one of my elective courses. One thing we were taught is that, contrary to popular belief, multi-tasking is stress inducing and can lead to a feeling of being overwhelmed. I a good article on Psych Central that had some useful words of wisdom.

So my question for you today is: How do you overcome feeling overwhelmed, whether in beading, jewelry making, art, or just day-to-day existence? Remember, inquiring minds want to know.

Sweet Bird Earrings Copyright 2011 Theresa Buchle


Carol- Beads and Birds said...

That's a hard question to answer. I used to deal with stress pretty well. As I got older, the effect of stress intensified. I could only relax by finding quiet time for myself. Meditation while weeding around flowers, or even washing the floor tiles by hand and focusing only on the task at hand. Stress at work intensified and luckily I was able to retire, but only after I vowed that my new Mantra would be,
Whatever I Do Today Is Enough. After 3 weeks, I have held to it and beat back making a mental list of what I did in the last 12 hours.

Oh, I also eliminated a Drama Queen from my life. That helped immensely.

Good luck finding your own solution. Its not easy.
xx, Carol

Bead-Mused said...

I think you spoke to my heart in there, but I say exactly where - I need to keep some secrets, after all. ;)

I love your mantra - it's a good one. I've learned to let a lot of things go, some not as much as I would like to. It's difficult teaching ourselves to do this.

Thanks Carol!