How to Thrive During the Season of Overwhelm

I just had lunch with a former client who admitted he is completely overwhelmed with the holidays, work, family obligations, geopolitical issues, etc. He asked for advice on how to overcome this feeling of exhaustion, and I suggested reading books on personal and professional development.

“Even if you read one book a month and or read one segment of one book each month, it will help,” I told him. Immersing oneself in positive and fulfilling information can do wonders. He loved the idea and said he will start carrying a book around with him.

If you feel like my client, you are not alone. Everyone is overwhelmed, because everyone is running on fumes. As we go through life, our tank gets unconsciously emptied. And we can’t keep up unless we consciously refill our tanks.

This is where self-care comes in. We have talked about multiple forms of self-care in the past, like exercise, yoga and meditation. What about purposefully filling your life with positive information? If you read the news for 20 minutes in the morning, can you do something positive for 20 minutes later in the day?

Though I suggested reading books to my client, you can do anything that is positive – listen to music, dance, sing, create art and more. Practice awareness of when your tank is getting emptied out, and be aware of what is going in. Is it positive or negative?

Be aware of putting in negativity and not balancing it out with positivity. Think of it this way: If you have a white bucket of paint and put even one drop of a dark color in it, the paint will immediately change color. If you have a black bucket of paint and put in one drop of white paint, little if anything will happen.

For you fellow book readers, I’d like to suggest one of my favorite books, The Go-Giver. This is a great little book – only 121 pages with short chapters. It’s a parable about business, life and our times that demonstrates the more you give, the more you get. (This is how I built my business. I give when I feel like I don’t have anything left in me, and that’s where I typically have my greatest outcomes.)

If you want a great book list, contact me and I’ll send one over.