Mindfulness: A Gentle way to Recover from Overwhelm, Regain your Focus and Achieve your Goals

shutterstock_166687130Mindfulness – can it really help you Recover from Overwhelm and Regain Your Focus?
So you’re feeling overwhelmed and constantly anxious every time you think about all the things you have to do and the lack of time you have to do them in. You’re not alone- most of us are TimePoor these days and that includes me. Whether it’s caused by workload, family commitments, financial pressures or just the presence of the electro-magnetic soup of artificial  energies that we all live in , it’s easy to feel trapped in a space of overwhelm and constant anxiety as our bodies struggle to maintain a sense of inner focus and calm.

The Truth About Multi Tasking When You’re Tired

It’s so frustrating . The more you try to multi-task when you are tired the more overwhelmed you feel. Your mind is constantly in over drive either thinking of solutions or when the anxiety sets in imagining all the worst case scenarios that could happen if you don’t get your act together and get things done .

Your mind can be brilliant at researching and discovering new solutions but when it does it from a place of overwhelm and anxiety it doesn’t work.

And you know why?

It does not work because you’re looking in the wrong place.

Your Body needs Mindfulness not Multi tasking

Your poor exhausted body does not need any more external solutions it needs a sense of inner safety and security and that comes from your heart. Mindfulness is a process that can bring you back to your centre, ground you in your body and reconnects you to your hearts intuitive guidance which can see the bigger picture of what is going on in your life .After all isn’t that what we’re all looking for? A sense of inner connection in our life that gives us a feeling of inner happiness .

So What’s So Special About Mindfulness?

Mindfulness , an ancient  practice of focusing your attention on your breathing that can do just that . It brings you attention back to the present moment by activating the bodies parasympathetic nervous system that soothes and calms down  the bodies adrenalin driven fight and flight response that your anxious mind has been activating . And when that begins to happen your focus and concentration improve and you find it easier to get things done . In fact my client Katie who was studying to  finish  her Advanced teaching diploma while at the same time working five days a week holding down two jobs   was  surprised at how quickly her feelings of overwhelm and obsessive mind chatter and anxiety reduced every time after she listened to the mindfulness audio I sent her .

Over To You

Well that’s my take on this overwhelm issue which until recently I have been struggling with quite a bit myself (See my previous blog at https://inneranswers.net/multi-tasking-does-it-send-you-into-overwhelm/ )

Does this also affect you and if so what solutions have you found helpful? I’d love to hear your comments and experiences and I’m sure others would too. So click comments below to  leave a comment below and join the conversation

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Comments

  1. Hi Mary
    Your Mindfulness e-mail just arrived in my inbox a few minutes ago and the information is just what I need as it is applicable to my week. My 5 year old and I have both seen you once a couple of months ago and I subscribed to your e-mails but would really love to receive your workbook and mindfulness audio please. I have recently had the flu and missed a week of work as my child then got sick and I came back to work this week and felt completely overwhelmed by my workload. I was not fully effective because my mind kept moving too fast for my body to keep up so I kept jumping from one task to the next not fully completing each task. On day 3 working alone I finally got into a flow and got a lot more done.
    Thanks a lot for your help I appreciate it
    Felicite
    Felicite

    • Hi Felicite
      Thanks for sharing . I know the feeling when my mind is way ahead of my body and i end up getting nothing done . At the moment i have changed the audios i am sending people to a series of three short mindful self compassion that focus on being kind to yourself and bringing you back into your body so you feel more grounded.If you like I can email them to you as email attachments . With the workbook I should be able to send you a copy by the end of the week. I am currently updating it ready for when i run the Self Care for Busy Mothers online in October. If you would like to receive emails and info about this you can sign up here to get on the mailing list
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  2. Thank you Mary, perfect timing for this information. Funny how your heart can know something but forget it so easily when you need it the most!

    • Hi Leonie .
      How are you going . Hope you had a good trip overseas .I now have a Selfcare for busy mothers website and will be running the the Selfcare for Busy Mothers as an online course for the first time in October . It has grown and expanded a bit since you did it with me back in 2013 and I am currently updating the free Making Time for Me Free report to be ready for then and if you are interested I should be able to send you a copy by the end of the week. and if you would like to receive emails and info about the online course you can sign up here to get on the mailing list . Great to hear from you . Keep in touch.
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  3. ‘Your poor exhausted body does not need any more external solutions it needs a sense of inner safety and security and that comes from your heart.’

    As a Gemini and someone who gets a buzz out of doing a thousand things at the same time I can easily tip into overwhelm and I so needed to hear this today, Mary. Thanks for such a beautiful reminder.

    I find getting out into Nature, usually on my bike, and feeling the sun on my skin and the wind in my hair, really helps to ground me again. That and lying on the couch snuggled up with our black cat Smartie – now he REALLY knows how to relax and be in the moment!

    Love your new Self Care For Busy Mothers website too.
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    • Thanks Linda for your feedback. Yes I agree Nature and the energy of trees and plants are also a wonderful way to slow down inside and remember to breath. . I think i appreciate them even more in today’s world where a lot of us spend most of our days working in very artificial electro-magnetic environments . For me that just heightens the feeling of stillness and clarity i feel when i get back out into fresh air and natural surroundings .

  4. Thanks so much for the timely reminder, I really needed to read this today! I do an awful lot of multi tasking and aside from planning out my time and setting it aside for specific tasks, plus my morning meditation I often get wrapped up in everything and lose that sense of inner peace. One thing that I read about was 4-7 breathing where you breath in for 4 and out for 7 seconds. I have a reminder that pops up on my phone and computer that reminds me every now and then to do that.
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    • Thanks Keri. What you describe sounds like me . I can easily get scattered and start to feel overwhelmed and immobilized when i multi task especially around working on the internet to develop my website and course. It doesn’t seem to happen so much in my everyday life but mainly when i work on the computer and internet. It almost feels like the electrical energy of the net disrupts my bodies natural rhythm and i lose my focus . Hmm… maybe i need to look at getting myself some EMF protection when i work on the web. I tried your 4-7 breathing and it definitely helps . I could feel my body relax each time I did it .
      MaryC recently posted…Mindfulness: A Gentle way to Recover from Overwhelm, Regain your Focus and Achieve your GoalsMy Profile

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