Feeling Overwhelmed? Try These Calming Tips

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When we say we feel overwhelmed, we usually equate the feeling with stress or negative energy.” says veteran holistic physician Dr. Bradley Nelson, author of the bestselling book “The Emotion Code. “No matter how well adjusted or organized we are, we are all prone to feeling overwhelmed.” Here are some of his tips for beating stress and overwhelm:

1. Learn to Say No

“Even if you’re already feeling overwhelmed, there are things and people you want to say yes to: social activities, service opportunities, your boss, your kids. But ask yourself if all those obligations are really necessary. If it’s going to stress you out, politely say no. If your boss is expecting an unrealistic deadline, remind her or him of everything on your plate and propose a different solution. If you need a personal time-out from being with or helping people, take one. It’ll help you be more effective when you’re back at it!

2. Let Go 

Lin Yutang once said, “Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone.” Sometimes we need to learn to let go of the need to control everything or have it all turn out perfectly. No matter what people choose to show (and filter) on social media, nobody’s life is perfect. Let go of the thought of being the ideal family, spouse, or parent. Setting realistic goals is one thing (and a good thing!) but expecting perfection of yourself, others, or the circumstances of life can easily lead to feeling overwhelmed.

3. Simplify 

Especially during busy times, take regular stock of the ways you might be needlessly complicating your schedule, expectations, or day-to-day living. What can you cut loose, at least for now?

4. Free Yourself Emotionally 

Trapped emotions, unresolved emotions from difficult or traumatic experiences, may trigger feelings of being overwhelmed, Dr. Nelson says. Identifying and releasing these emotions can help reduce stress, he says. “Releasing that energy could be key to breaking free from feeling overwhelmed — a potentially damaging pattern that may affect your emotional and physical health.”

About Dr. Bradley Nelson

Veteran holistic physician Dr. Bradley Nelson (D.C., ret) is one of the world’s foremost experts on natural methods of achieving wellness. He has trained thousands of certified practitioners worldwide to help people overcome physical and emotional discomfort by releasing their emotional baggage. His best-selling book “The Emotion Code” provides step-by-step instructions for working with the body’s energy healing power. A newly revised and expanded edition of “The Emotion Code” is now available (May 2019, St. Martin’s Press). For more information and a free Emotion Code Starter Kit, visit www.emotioncodegift.com.

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