3 steps to overcoming overwhelm

- November 22, 2023 3 MIN READ

Discussions regarding stress and overwhelm in the workplace are not new and are of interest to business owners and employees alike. In recent years, many companies have invested in stress management education and/or practices for their staff in an attempt to create an environment that promotes well-being.

As a business owner and personnel manager, I recognise the value of empowering staff members and equipping them with tools to navigate not only their professional life but their personal life as well. I have also discovered 3 things that contribute to increasing stress within an organisation and tips and tools to overcome overwhelm with ease.

3 steps to overcome overwhelm

1.   Stop micromanaging

Attempting to micromanage your business and your employees is one of the greatest contributors of stress for you and your team. The best way to stop micromanaging is to make yourself useless. This seems counterintuitive and most people will not make themselves useless for fear of losing their jobs or their authority. The common point of view is, “My value comes from what I do.” I would invite you to consider a different point of view, one that recognises your value by who you are rather than by what you do.

Who you are is what allows you to create faster and greater in your own unique way. Ask, “What unique gifts and talents do I have that I could use to create more?” and invite your employees to ask the same. Asking this question empowers everyone to step up and it creates enthusiasm and a sense of self-honouring and well-being.

2.   The ‘Too Much To Do’ Syndrome

Self-created stress comes from the mindset that there is too much to do. Your point of view about anything creates your experience with that thing. If you have decided that you have too much to do, you will always be functioning from the stress of not having enough time to complete what is required. Change this point of view, and you will change your experience. One way to accomplish this is to ask a question. When you ask a question, you disrupt the point of view that you are believing which then allows you to change your mindset. Ask, “what would it take for me to do everything I need to do with speed and joy and ease?”

3.   Not Taking Care of You

 When multiple projects are occurring simultaneously, when timelines of completion are fast approaching and the overall work demands are high, it is quite common to give up the things, people and places that nurture you. This is a great way to ensure that stress and overwhelm will continue to increase. No matter how much is going on, no matter how busy things are, take time for you. Go for a walk. Sit somewhere in nature. Talk to a friend. Whatever is enjoyable for you and your body, do that, even if it’s just for a few minutes.

Overwhelm in the workplace does not have to be the way you or your employees function. Peace and well-being are attainable. Make yourself useless. Change the points of view that create stress by asking questions. One of the most effective questions that you can ask is, “What else is possible here?” (This is a question that I learned from Access Consciousness and I ask it all the time.) And, regardless of what is occurring, make it a priority to take care of you and your body by doing the things that are nurturing for you.

In addition to these tips and tools, I highly recommend the Access Consciousness Bars – a tool that I have used for over 20 years and one of the most beneficial things that I have found for dealing with stress and overwhelm.

Stress and overwhelm is a choice; so is peace and ease. What will you choose?

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