Dealing With Over-Stimulation


Develop a plan to help you deal with over-stimulation and overwhelm. Step one is to acknowledge your overwhelm. Then try to re-frame the situation you are experiencing. Take a step back.

You can use a mantra or phrase that brings you back to center and gives you sense of peace. Acceptance of the situation (which doesn’t mean you’d go back and choose it) will allow you to flow with the experience rather than resistance, which brings even more anxiety.

Remember to love yourself, so often it is tempting to berate and criticize yourself for being weak or for not reacting in the ways others do.

You are wired this way, and you are perfect in your design. You can love yourself without loving the situation.

When you want to shift out of this state you can use these techniques: remove yourself physically, either leave the situation or take breaks. Closing your eyes to reduce some of the visual stimulation will help, take a walk outdoors if you can, use breathing exercises, wash your hands and visualize the stress leaving, a good ole salt soak in the tub is great, and drink plenty of water.

Boundaries are very important, make sure you set them and define them so others don’t cross them. You can be flexible but know your limits.