Overwhelm Part I dealt with quantity, as in “too many/too much” to do/see/process; Part II considers quality, as in “too intense” with regard to physical pain/emotional overload. Yikes – how much easier Part I was!!
As a reminder, this writer is looking through the lens of a cross-country move. The physical pain aspect is understandable, you can imagine the sore back, knees, well, actually, just about every body part has been complaining at one time or another. Since these pains are acute (not chronic), they are easily dealt with through the normal R.I.C.E. method (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation).
On the other hand, as I sift through my possessions, it is almost impossible to remain dispassionate, so many things relate to my experiences in life (people/events), that is, they are triggers for all sorts of emotions: joy, despair, guilt, sadness, excitement, shame, longing, anger, accomplishment…and maybe just a little regret.
There is a sense of wanting to hold onto things, not for how useful they are, but for what they represent. Is it possible to save and savour the memories without these triggers? Is it desirable to hold onto feelings from the past? Nostalgia has become a double-edged sword. Almost like what’s said about death, my life is flashing before my eyes….
And as life is an adventure after all, I have chosen to embrace the profound experience of purging on all levels, from unnecessary or unwanted items to negative, non-productive emotions; letting go is feeling really good.
The tried-and-true ways to be more centred during this particular process, which is finite, as well as ongoing challenges in daily life, are the same – remember to breathe, stay hydrated, eat nutritious foods, meditate, do what is needed to get quality sleep, and lean on your support system (ask for help).
What has been eye-opening for me is the EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), or “tapping” tool. I’ve used it for physical pain before, but not for emotional issues. I was taken by surprise at how effective it was – my approach was doing it while I, hmmmm, energetically paced😉 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWMtUgm3qyU&t=41s
At the end of it all, or really the [new] beginning perhaps, I found trust and faith to have the most impact. When I no longer worried and just let things flow, I saw the universe moving many things in my favour, a simple example = my flight was cancelled three times, but the last one I had to book gave me the least layover time and the earliest arrival (cool!)
In the crucible of this traumatic change in my life, peace and calm have become my almost-constant companions.
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