How to Manage Feelings of Overwhelm

Last Updated on April 7, 2023 by Kayla

Did you know the average person is bombarded with over 10,000 ads every single day? Ten-thousand ads in ONE day! šŸ¤Æ

A simple scroll through social media reveals this number is only on the climb. A sponsored ad here, a sponsored ad there.

Before you know it, something you’ve discussed aloud magically appears in your feed. It’s a bit ridiculous (and creepy!).

On top of sponsored ads, we make matters worse by looking to Doctor Google to diagnose the onset of headaches or search “lose weight fast” to prepare for an upcoming event. Of course, we know better, but why do we do this?!

It’s no wonder we feel overwhelmed by it all.

Today’s message will help free you of these overwhelming feelings, so you can get on with things that really matter and begin seeing results in all aspects of life.

Social media detox

Whether you’re searching for nutrition advice or looking to refinish your kitchen cabinets, there are “experts” at your disposal, thanks to the World Wide Web.

Once you’ve decided to lose weight, for example, it’s tempting to follow a bunch of nutrition gurus when you have no motivation for weight loss in an attempt to inspire a fresh start. Don’t do this!

Instead, select 1-3 people you connect with and follow them. By applying a filter to your inputs, you’ll minimize the overwhelm and receive more consistent advice. And you already know, consistency is key!

In addition, try unfollowing unhelpful social media accounts that aren’t serving you and add to the overwhelm. This “social media detox” is something I’ve practiced in my programming for women after bariatric surgery, and it helps minimize the noise!

Being selective about what information you allow into your life minimizes the overwhelm and will enable you to focus on what’s truly important.

Just press play

Once you’ve entered your query into the search bar and hit “return,” the results populate, and instantly, you feel obligated to readĀ every singleĀ post until you’ve found theĀ perfectĀ meal plan or workout routine.

You don’t have to be perfect to start. This goes for anything in life. In fact, less is more and allows room for experimentation and flexibility.

While we crave structure and rigid guidelines to get us going, they do nothing more than set you up for failure the second you fall short of perfect.

The best thing you can do is start. So whether it’s losing weight, learning to play the guitar, or teaching yourself to crochet, take the first step and just do it!

Start small, and work on 1-2 habits at a time.

Read a real book

Skip the screens and opt for a good ‘ol fashioned book!

Think about when you pick up your phone to “just check something.” Twenty minutes later, your consciousness resurfaces, and you realize you’ve lost precious time in the social media rabbit hole.

You can’t do this with a book! There are no ads that pop up and persuade you to add that new sweater to your wardrobe. No notifications to distract you from what you actually came to do.

Instead of guzzling information from a water hose, you’ve limited your input to a single source.

If you’re looking for a good read, you can find my favorite personal development and health-related booksĀ HERE.


Words from the Wise

“The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you’re not going to stay where you are.

– J.P. Morgan

It’s true that the most challenging step for anything is the first one.

If you’ve been thinking about making a change, there is no better time than now. Nothing will ever stay the same, so stop waiting for the perfect circumstances to begin.

Successful people do what unsuccessful people aren’t willing to do. So which do you choose?

If you’re unsure where to start or struggling to find sustainable strategies after weight loss surgery, comeĀ work with me or send me a message!

Yours truly,

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