A quick and effective way to deal with overwhelm
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Regardless of what you do, there are going to be days where you feel stressed, anxious and question everything. Even if you’re a baby panda nanny (yes, it's a real thing - http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/panda-nanny_n_5379929), there are going to be days that get to you.
Overwhelm is part of being human and it happens to everybody. How we choose to handle it makes all the difference in whether we pull through or let it drag us down.
A simple and effective way to deal with overwhelm quickly is to find your anchor. Finding an anchor dissolves stress and anxiety with a simple mindset shift.
There's a saying: A fish can't see the water because it's in it. Similarly, it’s difficult to see the bigger picture when you’re in the thick of overwhelm. Your anchor takes you out of the water for a second and gives you some much needed perspective.
Your anchor is highly personal. It’s whatever speaks to you. The more detailed and emotional it is, the more effective it will be.
It could be thinking of a time in the past when you were dreaming to be where you are today, for example. Instant gratitude.
It could be looking at your vision board and reminding yourself of how your current circumstances will help you get there.
It could be thinking of others fighting worse battles or someone that fought their way through adversity, reminding you that you can get through anything you’re faced with.
Mine is thinking about when I was working as a lawyer, miserable at my desk, eating greasy pad thai out of a takeout box because I couldn’t make it home for dinner, as usual. I didn't love the work and I felt unappreciated, unhealthy and burnt out. It's a visceral memory and I can take myself right back there.
During times of stress and overwhelm in my business, my anchor reminds me of how much more stressed and overwhelmed I could be if circumstances were different. In that moment, I feel an instant shift.
So, when times get tough and you're stressed/anxious/overwhelmed:
What's your anchor?
Aspiring Panda Nanny,