Ever feel like you have so much brain fog you feel you need headlights for your brain?
That sludgy feeling of procrastination which is quickly followed by its good friend, guilt... Not long after guilt, do you find your self trying to multitask. And before you know it you're overthinking, so you end up reaching for a quick way to numb the pain!🍷
Hell! You've probably felt that today...
Yup, you're overwhelmed.
You're overwhelmed because you're operating from your "fight or flight" mode [triggered by some sort of situation, person or task(s)] 🏃♀️
The reason why this is so paralysing is because your brain thinks YOU'RE DYING! Really! So it prioritises survival over long term gains.
As you might have guessed, when your brain thinks you're dying, it's kinda hard to be productive. 🗒️
But the good news is you don't have to give away your power and just watch yourself either like this.
You can smash through it (like a wrecking ball!). To do this you need 2 things; ✌️
👉1) PERSPECTIVE: Is this thing I'm trying to do really serving me?
How - Sit in a quiet place separated from where you're feeling overwhelmed. Think of the task(s) that you're trying to get done (if there's more than one, do this one at a time). Tune into your body and notice as you think of the task, do you have an EXPANDING feeling or CONTRACTING feeling in your chest. Trust what your body is telling you. If it's an expanding feeling move onto step 2 . If it's contracting - stop doing the task. It is not serving you.
👉2) TOOLS TO REGAIN FOCUS:
Tool 1 : Re-activate your rest & digest mode
How - Belly breathing. Lie down flat on your back. Place your hands on your belly and breathe into your hands with a sense of expansion in your belly. Exhale naturally. Continue this at your own breathing speed until you feel your rest & digest mode kick in and the world slows down.
Tool 2 : Make decisions from an immense state of presence
How - Push yourself physically. Either through a short sharp burst of exercise or through a breathing sequence of short, sharp, deep breaths (inhaling as you raise your arm and hands, sharp exhale as you pull your hands down to your chest in fists - repeat for 5 mins). Make your decision and take action during the buzz you feel afterwards.
Tool 3 : Empower your mind with the food it needs
How - Put on a song that gets you into a state of dreaming about the future. Lie down while listening to it. Close your eyes and visualise in great depth a perfect day in 3-5 years time. Positive affirmations are also powerful way of feeding your mind the right food.
You're a powerhouse. So gain your power back.
Alara is a WHY discovery coach, NLP practitioner, a Rite of Passage Facilitator and a Yoga/Meditation teacher. She specialises in helping business owners find and articulate their vision.