When you are feeling deep overwhelm and unable to really focus on anything - it can be hard to know how to move out of it.
Sometimes it comes on suddenly - with no real change in life's circumstances - but most likely something has triggered old emotions and triggers to surface. Other times, something big has changed and it's too much to process, and overwhelm sets in.
At these times, reading positive thinking memes or being told to practice gratitude just don't help - the overwhelm can be too much to make the shift into 'being postiive' or grateful - these practices only work if you really 'feel' it and embody the energy.
The advice I give my clients is to find your first small step. Something before gratefulness, positive thinking or doing the practices you'd normally go to.
Take one small step to start shifting your energy.
ONE SMALL THING. Just do one small thing - it doesn't matter how you feel as you're doing it ie, oh great, I'm cleaning the kitchen, I still feel sh*t - just do it, carry on. What is the smallest thing you could do - some sort of clearing, cleaning - clearing your head with a walk outside, clearing your energies with a smudge or a spray, cleaning your room, a cupboard, a surface. Do one small act of clearing or cleaning - whatever that may mean - if you're feeling up to it, do another and if you can make one of them outside - at the very least, open your windows and let the energy flow.
At some time after this, you will flip, you'll shift - and don't worry if you don't feel instantly better as you're taking action - just know that you ARE taking action. The shift may be slight - but it may be enough to then do something bigger - to sit and meditate - or go out and do the errand you couldn't face - the shift will come - be patient, and as you embrace it, you will keep moving in that same direction. Know that you are trying your best and it's enough - just reflecting on this and understanding what is happening is enough - just being the observer can be enough.
You can go one step deeper with clearing and cleaning - reflect on the things that normally clear your mind - and work out which element you connect with most when you clear and shift - air - walking outside, a windy day, water - taking a shower, swimming, cleaning, fire - sitting with a candle or open fire, visualising transmuting energy, burning things (!) not just anything, maybe your paper list of beliefs to clear, earth - gardening, getting your hands in the soil, something that gets you muddy, sitting with crystals.
Connect with that element in any way that you can, and this can be your one small thing - open a window and stick your head out, connect with the wind, light a candle and connect with the fire energy, take a shower and connect with water, re-pot a plant and get your hands in the soil.
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