The definition of overwhelm is to “bury or drown beneath a huge mass of something”, does that sound familiar?. For many of us, our responsibilities increase as we mature, we have families, careers, older parents to help, and sometimes it just takes a small change in our lives for these responsibilities to start to overwhelm us. Through 2020 a series of significant challenges have led many of us to reach overwhelm, and there is no sign that things will be getting better soon. To help keep your emotions in check, try these different strategies to bring balance to those challenging days before overwhelm turns into burnout.
A small amount of time put aside each day to clear your mind, and be in the present, really helps you let go of those feelings that are overwhelming you. This is time to slow down, accept yourself, take stock in all that you have, let your mind wander, put aside problems, and be kind to yourself. If you struggle with mindfulness there are a whole range of apps that can help. You can read more about different mindfulness apps in this article
Using affirmations each day is the way we get to speak to our unconscious. When we are feeling overwhelmed it’s easy to have negative thoughts and continue to reinforce these to ourselves. By speaking positive affirmations out loud every day such as “I can manage this” your subconscious will start to embrace these positive reinforcements and in turn you will start to see positive changes in your day to day life.
Find a sport or an activity that you love doing and just do it. Even if it’s just going for a walk. Exercise and being in nature have both been shown to both boost our immune system and support our emotional wellbeing.
Don't underestimate the power of breathing, deep breathing can help us stay calm and balance our emotions. In the moments when overwhelm is taking over, practise taking deep breaths. Using essential oils in these moments can also help to calm your emotions. Rub a grounding and calming oil such as doTerra Balance into the palm of your hands and inhale deeply, you can also apply it to your wrists and back of the neck to benefit from the calming aromas throughout the day. Having a diffuser running is also a great way to keep aromas in your living or work space, Wild orange is a lovely uplifting scent, and adding frankincense can really help with focus and concentration.
DoTerra also have a set of beautiful essential oil blends for you to practise emotional aromatherapy at home. It includes doTerra Motivate, Cheer, Passion, Forgive, Console, and Peace as well as an Emotional Aromatherapy System Wheel to help guide you.
Find a Supportive Community
We all need someone that we can reach out to and ask for help, though not everyone is lucky enough to live close to family or have supportive neighbours. So if you feel you are lacking this in your life take time to work out what you feel passionate about and join a local group. This will help you to find your tribe, a group of people that share your passions and in time these groups often become the supportive community you can turn to for help. I found my community in the wonderful world of essential oils.
If you would like to join our community of passionate and health-conscious people, please do come along to one of my events to find out more. I recommend coming along to my free monthly wellness seminar, this is a great opportunity to discover more about the benefits of essential oils as well as our supportive community, my next wellness seminar is on 5th December.
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Disclaimer: Please remember that these are powerful oils and supplements and shouldn’t be used without checking directions on how to use these safely. Always consult with your doctor if you are unsure or you are taking medication. The information in this blog is intended for education purposes only, the statements have not been evaluated by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or Theraputic Good Association (TGA). These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from any disease, illness or injury should consult with a medical practitioner. These suggested uses applu only to certified Pure Theraputic Grade (CPTG) Doterra Essential Oils.