How to cope with overwhelm
Do you get overwhelmed by intense emotion, or by too many things coming at you at once, or by loud noises, bright lights, or the press of a crowd?
If you are built sensitive, overwhelm is so unpleasant you may avoid places or activities that could possibly cause it. But is avoidance the only way to prevent overwhelm? And when you do get overwhelmed, how can you recover your sense of control and composure? For answers to these important questions, read more below.
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I started thinking about trauma responses last week when my partner caught a possum in our Havahart trap. He meant to catch the massive, wily groundhog whose vegetable-stealing, flower-mutilating offspring send us into frenzies of helpless rage every summer. (My spiritual practice brings me...
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Anxious or overwhelmed? The right kind of support can make all the difference
To climb a mountain, you have to skirt boulders, clamber over fallen trees, and wade across streams. For many of us who are built sensitive, life is like that mountain: eminently worth the effort, but littered with obstacles in the form of anxiety, overwhelm, and shame. Some of the time, we can find our way around, over, or through these emotional roadblocks using the resources we have at hand: a trusted friend, a journal, or some inner work.
But what if you get caught alone on the mountain—at night? In the pitch black, moving forward could mean getting lost. Or worse, you could fall off a cliff. In the same way, intense overwhelm, anxiety, or shame can send you into survival mode. You feel emotionally alone, afraid to move for fear of falling into the pain and losing yourself in it.
It’s hard to get out of this frozen state on your own. You need support. And you need the right kind of support, from someone who knows the terrain of sensitive anxiety. In One-to-One Sessions, Emily guides you around the obstacles of anxiety and shame, back to connection with yourself and your spiritual intuition. Then you can see your right way forward.
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