Overwhelmed? What do you do?

I woke up this morning overwhelmed.

Overwhelmed at how much I have on and overwhelmed at how much there is to do.

Feeling overwhelmed is like waking up under a large pile of rubble and knowing that you need to muster the energy to get yourself out.

The past 5 weeks have been enormous. Enormous opportunities, enormous travel, enormous amounts of work and enormous amounts of people. It has been absolutely brilliant but not easy!

In order to survive the past 5 weeks I have literally let everything pile up and now its time to get in my digger and deal with it!

As a ‘professional juggler of life’ I have been doing this long enough to know that there is no point jumping into the storm to try and calm it - you need to calm yourself. 

Keep Calm and Carry On. 

‘Keep calm and carry on’ was a slogan used on posters by the British government in 1939. It was designed to boost moral and is a nice reminder when under stress.

“Keep Calm” for me is about being - breathing, sleeping and nourishing myself with nutrients and kind people.

“Carry On" is about doing - action, lists, plans and work.

What do you do when you are overwhelmed?

I write - I write lists. I try to empty my head of all the things that are swimming in it.

I sleep. For me the greatest antidote is sleep. Sleeping is restorative and nothing feels safer than nice pj’s and clean sheets.

I reach out to friends. Friends who get how insane life can be, how never ending the tasks are that need doing. 

After the comfort of writing, sleeping and friends I take action. Do the things on the list. Tidy my office. Make some calls.

I make broth. 20 years ago my naturopath gave me a recipe for potassium broth that I still make often. Designed to fill your body with nutrients without the effort of digestion, it's a great way to nurture an exhausted body. It makes me shiny and strong!

Potassium Broth Recipe:

2 large potatoes
2 large carrots
6 leaves silverbeet or other greens (kale, spinach)
4 beetroot - leaves & top halves
2 cloves garlic
4 black peppercorns
4 sticks celery including leaves
1 bunch parlsey

Chop all roughly and cover with water. Veges should be unpeeled and organic (we are trying to remove toxins, not add them). Bring to the boil and simmer for 30 mins. Strain - discard all veges and drink. I keep mine in a jug in the fried and heat up as required.

How to get out of the state of overwhelmed:

  1. Make a list. Download everything swimming about in your head.
  2. Put yourself to bed. Sleep for as long as you need to.
  3. Phone a friend. Laugh, cry, go out - just feel understood.
  4. Make broth.
  5. Delegate things on your list that others could do.
  6. Get shit done.
Mikayla Whetton