This is a feeling that I know all too well, and used to be a common state for me. Feeling overwhelmed is no joke. In can feel debilitating. In fact when I was in my worst state of feeling overwhelmed on a daily basis, I had no idea what the stress was actually doing to my body. As time went on I started feeling like the room was spinning. It would come on like the snap of my fingers. I thought I had vertigo. I went to the doctor and they wanted to rule out anything so they sent me in for an MRI.
When you are in a constant state of overwhelm, adding on the stress of having an MRI does not help the situation. I went right to thinking I had a brain tumor and all sorts of terrible things.
You guys!!! I didn't have any of these things wrong with me. I was in a constant state of panic and overwhelm that I was holding my breath which was causing me to have dizzy spells. Phew! But now what?!? I had no idea where to go from there. This was not too far from after I lost my boys, and this feeling seemed to be the new state I was in.
I didn't give up. I researched. I took courses. I worked with coaches. I started tuning into my body and listening to what felt right, what felt good. I changed my belief system and my thought pattern. I learned to breathe again. It sounds so simple, but when we are in a constant state of stress, we hold our breathe. Our breathe is shallow and tight.
These changes didn't happen over night for me, and I didn't do them alone. It was gradual. I didn’t wake up one day awakened and cured. I learned that all of this was choice. I had to completely transform my way of thinking, my way of going through my day. I certainly don't miss that state I was constantly in. And yes, she sometimes creeps back in. It's never perfect, but it's less intense. I know what I need at those moments.
I can breathe again.
I share this because I know that so many of us can relate to this constant feeling of panic and overwhelm.
You don't have to feel this way, my friend.
It doesn't have to be this way. You can change your life, but it's up to you and only you. Overwhelm is a choice. You can make the changes you need to, but you have to be willing to do the work. It won’t change in a week, but when you put in the work and changes, you will look back in complete awe of how much easier life can truly be.
When we feel overwhelmed everything around us begins to fall apart. There is a better way. That's what The Happier Woman is all about. You can change your life. The question is are you ready??
Hold yourself close, my friend. You were made to do great things. Wherever you are, you are loved.