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Instant Antidote to OVERWHELM
By Summer Turner
Ever go through periods of absolute overwhelm, where you wake up every day in panic mode? Your todo list is longer than your arm, and some of the items involve the dreaded learning curve. There’s one
calming method that never fails, yet you’ve probably never come across it before.
I’m prompted to write this article because I’ve been feeling overwhelmed by all my to-do’s as I make a
big transition to creating online courses so I can better serve introverted womenpreneurs who define
“success” as being in spiritual, personal, and financial alignment.
I applied the overwhelm antidote today, and now I’m good to go. And I’m ready to share it with you.
Next time you feel completely overwhelmed, and your usual calming methods aren’t working – deep
breathing, Rescue Remedy in your water, taking a walk, saying affirmations – do this:
1. Notice that your feelings of overwhelm are an emotional reaction to an internal visual “fantasy-story”
you’re telling yourself.
2. Now bring God – in whatever form is meaningful to you – into the fantasy. Observe the Beloved
looking over your impossibly long to-do list and lovingly handling all those details, perhaps crossing off
some nonessentials, arranging for the right people to help you, or simple gazing at you with
unconditional love and promising to help you.
The details of what you imagine the Beloved doing don’t really matter. Simply bringing God into the
fantasy-story does the trick. What happens when we’re in overwhelm is that the limbic (emotional)
system in our brain gets triggered big-time. I call it “freakout mode.” The limbic system is known as “the
‘feeling and reacting brain’ that is interposed between the ‘thinking brain’ and the output mechanisms
of the nervous system.” https://www.dartmouth.edu/~rswenson/NeuroSci/chapter_9.html
When we bring God into the limbic emotional storm, the negative “feeling and reacting” process calms
down, and we feel more positive emotions. We now have access to sane, rational thinking again. We can
view our tasks from a higher perspective. We can impose higher order thinking on the tasks. We’re open
to inspired ideas for how to proceed.
And we’ve deepened our connection to God. Too bad it often takes a limbic emotional storm to remind
us to practice the presence of God in our daily lives!
Today when I awoke with a feeling of panic, I applied this antidote and felt immediate peace. Then I
composed this article in my mind before I even got out of bed! I’d love to hear how this antidote works
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