What is Overwhelm and what causes it?
Being overwhelmed occurs when there is too much of something going on – we feel like we are drowning or being buried.
This can happen for a number of reasons, but a feeling of too many things to do, too much work, too much work pressure, and too many deadlines can be a major contributor.
Feeling overwhelmed has repercussions on the whole of our life. It can make us feel tired, interfere with our sleep, and make it difficult for us to think rationally. These negative emotions can make it more difficult for your body to fight off infections and can have a physical effect with fatigue, neck and upper back pain, for example.
Add all this together and it can affect every area of our life, impacting our social lives and relationships on top of work challenges.
All these feelings distract us from being effective and efficient and that, in turn, leads to “lowered” performance and sets up a vicious cycle dragging us further down.
This can lead to procrastination (making things worse!) and creative avoidance – doing things that don’t really matter to distract ourselves, or things that give us pleasure, putting off the real work further.