August 2011 – Overcoming Overwhelm

August 1, 2011

in Editor's Corner

letter from the editor

overcoming overwhelm

August at bizchickblogs is all about overcoming overwhelm as women, friends, moms, significant others, business owners, bloggers, and as unique individuals with dreams, hopes, and aspirations. Overwhelm affects us all, but especially those of us who have big dreams and plans for ourselves, and want to do something great with our lives.

I wish I could say going into this that I have it all together and my days are never overwhelming, and I wish I could say I’m a huge success in this area. But that’s not the case.

At first, I wanted to change the theme, because these days, I am personally so overwhelmed at times that I actually feel crushed by the weight of it. I was thinking, “Who am I to talk about overwhelm? I’m completely overwhelmed!”

But the theme is Overcoming Overwhelm. It’s a process that we all have to go through, myself included, and part of it is believing that it’s okay if you’re not there yet.

“When your world seems like too much to handle, just take a deep breath and laugh. It clears the mind and frees your spirit.”

So this month, look out for tips, tools, stories, humor, and everything else I can find to help deal with overwhelm and eventually overcome it.

Be blessed!

Image: Dan

Evelyn Parham August 4, 2011 at 9:11 am

Hi Tia,

I love the pull out-quote. I got so overwhelmed the earlier part of this week. All I could do was write about it, “just surrender.” After I wrote that article, I felt so much better. Now, I can breathe and my mind is clear and my spirit is free! :)

One thing is for sure, we may not be where we want to be, but we will get there.

Thanks for all you do!

Evelyn

Meli August 4, 2011 at 12:32 am

@bodynsoil Welcome to the reality. It takes focus, determination, and consistency to change things. We also have to stop being so hard on ourselves. Making a schedule and importantly, sticking to it is good. We have to also schedule breaks, etc- be realistic. The hardest part is sticking to it. It’s great when we honor who we are, our good & bad, it takes off some pressure.

bodynsoil August 3, 2011 at 11:09 pm

@Meli I managed to back off social media for 24 hours and did get a lot of work done but since then I have been right back at it. I am not very good at following my own lead either.

Meli August 2, 2011 at 6:07 pm

Seems to me most people would agree with this!

Meli August 2, 2011 at 5:31 pm

@Mywritingworld @ I agree with you Pam. Tia is “right on” and up-to-date with her information.

SandySidhu August 2, 2011 at 1:41 pm

@Tia Peterson Like! Just say when!

Tia Peterson August 2, 2011 at 1:31 pm

@SandySidhu Well if you’re up to it, share those ideas here as a guest post! :) Just a thought…

SandySidhu August 2, 2011 at 1:16 pm

@Tia Peterson I think I may have some ideas..I’m actually pretty good at telling other what to do but not so good at following my own advice. Ha!

Tia Peterson August 2, 2011 at 10:40 am

@SandySidhu Sounds good, Sandy! I have some tips for it, because I actually think I am pretty good in that area. I’ve mastered appearing like a social media addict without actually being one! :)

Tia Peterson August 2, 2011 at 10:39 am

@Meli Breathing always makes a difference for me. Stopping, too (closing the laptop, or sitting on the floor for a minute, or getting up to walk around).

Thanks for your great addition to this post. Maybe you’ll consider writing a post for us on overcoming overwhelm. :)

Also, I wanted to send you this link so that you can update your LiveFyre profile and link your website to your name – so you get some link credit plus so that people can easily go to your site when you leave a comment!

http://www.bizchickblogs.com/2011/07/how-to-add-a-url-to-your-livefyre-profile.html

Tia Peterson August 2, 2011 at 10:37 am

@Mywritingworld LOL Fran you always make me laugh and smile when you comment. What I’d like to know is how you manage to stay so clear-headed and graceful. It really is impressive. Your presence is like fresh air!

Thank you very much for your compliments. I agree with Meli, too. Meli is so smart (I know her in real life) and I hope she comes back and comments more often!

SandySidhu August 2, 2011 at 10:12 am

@Tia Peterson I need to control my social media use as well. It’s becoming too much now! Maybe somewhere in the month you can address that?

Mywritingworld August 2, 2011 at 10:06 am

Hi Tia:

An awesome post to encourage those who are over whelmed right now. Loved the qote. Also liked the comment by Meli. She is so right about getting all the oxygen in. This is what I like about you and Bizchicblog, there are so many bright writers, that it feels like Internet is full of wisdom and knowledge, but when I look around , I think Bizchicblog has one of the best thinking females around. It could be the selection by the owner or whatever. But it is wonderful.

Keep up the good work

Enjoy your day.

Fran A

Meli August 2, 2011 at 12:58 am

Definitely an appropriate topic Tia. I also like the quote. Recently I’ve suggested something to a few women I learned a few years ago. It’s something I do myself & the women have all said it’s been helpful. My nursing background comes into play here (-: When you are feeling overwhelmed, anxious or just not able to think clearly… STOP what you are doing. Stand up, spread your feet just a little & take 3 slow deep breaths. You get more oxygen into your body & change some brain chemicals as well. You relax, may become energized, and you can think more clearly. I’ve also placed post-it notes in various places in my house with PAUSE written on them. Whenever I come across one, I stop & take 3 slow breaths, then continue what I was doing. See if it helps make a difference with you.

Tia Peterson August 1, 2011 at 9:21 pm

@Red Kathy It does help to know that! I am with you, too, on the overwhelm thing. I do really think it happens to those of us who want more out of life than the status quo. It’s like a rite of passage. :)

See you on the other side of overwhelm!

Red Kathy August 1, 2011 at 9:06 pm

@Tia Peterson Hi Tia, Great idea for August with the end of summer and beginning of a new season that is just filled with overwhelm – back to school, and the start of big holidays. For the most part life dictates overwhelm or at least it does for me. It seems as though no sooner have I released/resolved one overwhelming issue another one arrives.

It is always soothing and helpful to read others opinions and insights on this topic. If nothing else, we know we are not alone.

Tia Peterson August 1, 2011 at 11:16 am

@bodynsoil Hi Janet! I too have to control social media so I don’t get overwhelmed, but usually it is my escape from overwhelm, and rather a contributor to it. Most of my overwhelm comes from trying to manage life as a single mom and move into a thriving business.

I don’t have a garden, but I do take care of a few outdoor plants. The moments when I take time to do that are blissful. Hope you get to some gardening again soon.

bodynsoil August 1, 2011 at 9:23 am

Interesting thought for the morning and the first days of August. I just closed out my month of July trying to revamp my personal life so that I wouldn’t be so overwhelmed with everything I had going on. I was reflecting on the fun things I used to do before allowing social media to take over much of my quiet time. It is a hard thing to do but I have to set limited to how much I am involved online. Before Twitter, Facebook and now Google plus, my mornings would be spent working my gardens, now my gardens are a shambles but I have loads of social media friends. I look forward to reading your tips and tricks to becoming less overwhelmed with life.

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