As a mompreneur, a wife, or a local, I didn't know that feeling overwhelmed is pretty common, and it's part of our normal human experience. It's something that many of us experience from time to time when we're facing a lot of tasks, responsibilities, or challenges all at once.
Factors such as work pressure, family responsibilities, financial stress, health issues, business sustainability, or personal problems can contribute to feelings of overwhelm. Additionally, major life transitions like starting a new job, having kids, or moving to a new country, or starting and running a business in a new country, can also trigger feelings of overwhelm. At the image above, you can check some of my current factors. What are your factors? The list can be short or big and it can also varies over time. It doesn't matter.
What does this feeling of being overwhelmed look like?
In my personal experience, it feels like a dark grey rain cloud has landed on your brain, and it's raining a lot of factors and feelings. They are not bad necessarily. However, It can make you not think clearly, and even worse can get you to feel paralyzed and do nothing. This means that our brain is overloaded, and we take the easiest option to procrastinate. Have you felt overwhelmed, lately? What do you do when this happens?
It's important to recognize that feeling overwhelmed is a normal stress response and it doesn't mean that there is something wrong with you. One tool that has helped me a lot to free my mind and overcome this feeling is called Brain Dump. I cam across this tool by the end of 2021 when I really need to be more organized with my life.
The brain dump is a term used to describe the process of quickly writing down or recording all of your thoughts, ideas, and information on a particular topic or task and it can be done on paper, in a digital note-taking app, or even through dictation software. The goal is to capture all of your ideas and information in a free-flowing manner without any regard for organization, grammar, or structure. Have you tried it before? It would be amazing to know your experience if you have tried it or try it after reading this blog piece.
Some of the benefits of brain dumping include:
🧡Helps to clear your mind: When you have a lot of thoughts and ideas swirling around in your head, it can be difficult to focus. Brain dumping allows you to get everything out of your head and onto paper or screen, which can help you feel more focused and less overwhelmed. Most recently I read that if you don't write it on your list, it's because it's not urgent.
🧡 Increases productivity: By dumping your ideas out onto paper, you can quickly identify the most important tasks and prioritize them. This can help you become more productive and efficient with your time.
🧡 Encourages creativity: Brain dumping can help you tap into your creative side and generate new ideas that you might not have thought of otherwise. It's a great way to brainstorm and come up with innovative solutions to problems.
🧡Facilitates organization: Once you have all of your ideas and information in one place, you can begin to organize it into a more structured format. This can help you see the big picture and identify any gaps or areas that need further development.
In the beginning, perhaps using this tool can be uncomfortable and sometimes, it's necessary to include a break where you walk, dance, or stretch. Remember that it's okay to feel overwhelmed and to take things one step at a time. By prioritizing our tasks, taking breaks, and seeking support when needed, we can manage feelings of overwhelm and accomplish what we need to do.
Let me know if knowing about this tool helps you in your daily life.