Strategies for Reducing Overwhelm


Feeling overloaded and overwhelmed? This YouTube clip provides a few strategies people can practice to reduce their sense of overwhelm.

We’ve also decided to reach out to a few alternative health providers to see if they can offer suggestions for releasing the emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual feeling of overwhelm. Below are their responses. We hope their solutions offer relief for those of you experiencing overwhelm.

Rickie Freedman, Reiki by Rickie

We have all experienced challenging times in our lives. It is helpful for me to remember to breathe deeply and take one moment at a time. I take a few deep breaths and say to myself “In this moment, I choose Peace.” Sometimes I need to repeat it several times. I know that I have a choice, and if I want to help other people and situations heal, I must be in a calm, Peaceful place myself.

I also try to remember that what may seem like an obstacle at the time can often turn out to launch our greatest growth. We gain strengths that we might not have otherwise. In retrospect, we realize that all our experiences lead to exactly where we are meant to be now. A helpful affirmation is “In this moment, all is well. I trust that all is exactly as it is meant to be.”

Ann Dennison, Advanced Physical Therapy and Fitness

One way to control the feelings of overwhelm so many of us experience is physical exercise. Exercise increases the body’s production of “feel good hormones” which help control the feelings associated with overwhelm, anxiety and depression.  The exercise doesn’t have to be prolonged or overly vigorous to be beneficial. A simple walk around the block or the office building can help.

Batbayar Damdin, L.Ac., Tian Shi Acupuncture

Regular acupuncture treatments can help you to deal with the day-to-day stresses of life which in turn can help to alleviate a state of being overwhelmed. Acupuncture treats the whole person – body, mind, and spirit and is a safe, natural, effective way to combat overwhelm.  Acupuncture can help you to achieve a general sense of calm and well-being. It can strengthen your body, and it leaves you feeling relaxed, refreshed, and energized.

What ways have you been able to reduce feelings of overwhelm?

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