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AT FORTY FIVE MAGAZINE /25 and engaged can quickly descend into feeling submerged in stress. Other common triggers for feeling overwhelmed include emotional trauma, financial stress, an anniversary of a loss or emotional benchmark, family friction, spending too much time alone, being yelled at or in a hostile environment, sexual harassment, health issues, our own internal expectations and dealing with change - a big one now that our routines and future plans have been affected by the pandemic. The bottom line is that our everyday life can and probably will include at least some of these stress inducers. So, let’s prepare ourselves and our families. Here are some practical pointers on how to manage overwhelm and stay away from the quicksand. HOW TO MANAGE OVERWHELM Tip 1 When overwhelm sets in, let’s first remind ourselves of the following nuggets of wisdom to help ease the feeling. For ease of recall, I have labelled them “The R-P- G-Ps”. Let’s remember: * Real. Be aware these feelings are real: It’s our mind’s way of telling us we need to slow down if we want to live a healthier life. We should listen to this warning. * Positive. Get rid of the negativity. Let’s remember while our feelings are real, overwhelm is a simply jumbling of our thoughts, not a collapse of our life. We all have the power to control our thoughts. We can thus manage who we are and where and what we want to be. That’s important to understand and believe. When we are feeling overwhelmed, let’s remind ourselves that our whole life isn’t falling apart, just our thoughts are confused and need a rejigging, a re-prioritisation. We need to take some time out to purge negative, selfdeprecating emotions and thoughts. As we do this, we will feel renewed energy and more invigorated to take on the day. * Gratitude. This is important. The feeling of being grateful and appreciative is vital for mental health. Coaches often suggest clients write journals recalling what they are grateful for. This help being in “the present”. Gaining perspective on our problems is also important and can also augment gratitude. Perspective and gratitude are topics I will write more about. * Proactivity. When we feel overwhelmed, let’s first remind ourselves the “4 Be’s” and then progress to the following pointers to practically and proactively manage and emerge from this feeling. Tip 2 Prioritise and Divide into Manageable Chunks: If thoughts and worries interrupt our daily rest time or barge into our usual activities, it’s time to prioritize. Let’s stop, breathe deeply and think of all the issues that are swirling in our heads that need to be tackled. I find making lists helps. This process allows us to identify the plethora of stuff that needs to be addressed and the act of writing it all down is cathartic. I swear there is some magical meditative power for me in list making. I will let you in on a secret - sometimes I add quick tasks t

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