Five things to remember when life feels too much

by | FearLess

What do you do when you feel overwhelmed?

How do you react to life’s stresses?

Life can be overwhelming

I recently tackled project managing our home renovation. Good idea in the beginning, not so good as the weeks went by. Simultaneously, I began planning the launch of my next book. If you thought I was crazy, you’re probably right. Not surprisingly, I discovered that I was trying to do too much at the same time. Can you relate?  I felt a little overwhelmed; actually that’s a euphemism-I felt horribly overwhelmed! And my joy started to wobble.overwhelmed

“Promise me you will not spend so much time treading water and trying to keep your head above the waves that you forget, truly forget, how much you have always loved to swim.” Tyler Knott Gregson

Fear and trauma try to remind you that you can’t cope.

Just because fear and torment are knocking at the door, doesn’t mean that I have to open it and allow them full access. However, in an unguarded moment I started experiences the trauma-induced physiological reactions again. For example, a racing heart, irrational thoughts and tearfulness. 

Fear and trauma both come from the father of lies. Fear is one of the strong-arm tactics that he uses to make us believe that we are weak, overwhelmed, and unable to rise above the stress levels. Only when I chose to protect what I thought about, listened to the loving words of my husband and spend time in prayer was I able to get a grip on things.

Fear might always be around the door waiting, looking for a moment of weakness, but that’s okay I am human, but I’m also a daughter of the most high God. And when I am weak, He is strong through me. And when I am emotional, he speaks truth to my fragile heart. And when I feel like I can’t go on, he comforts me. Father God is there to wrap his arms around me and lead me into and back to peace.

“When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” Psalm 61:2

What have I learnt after two weeks of too much:

One: Things are not always as they seem.

Two: I am stronger than I think I am

Three: Remember to breathe.

Four: Fix my thoughts on things that are good, pure and excellent.

Five: And finally remember that this too shall pass.

If you’re in the same boat as me, then when you feel as if you are sinking, then take those five points to heart. They really do make a difference.

Remember these five things:

One: Things are not always as they seem.

Find someone who can be a reality checker or thermometer in your life. Take a step back and seek perspective.If you schedule is what is causing you to become overwhelmed and your soul begins to ache, then take a look at what you are doing. Do you need a moment to rest?

Two: I am stronger than I think I am

After overcoming fear, I felt strength enter my bones, my soul and spirit. When I feel like I am being crushed, that is the exact moment when I need to stand up again and speak to the giants. You are stronger than you think. You can rejoice in trials and be victorious.

Three: Remember to breathe.

Breathing is a life-giving, necesssary function. Deep  also helps settle your heart and calms your racing thoughts. Breathe in peace and breathe out stress.

Four: Fix my thoughts on things that are good, pure and excellent.

“I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had absolutely no other place to go.” Abraham Lincoln

During times where I feel overwhelmed, I am careful to listen to music that strengthens me, that calms and that lead my thoughts onto the right path. Praise and worship draw me near to God, I enter His presence and there I am changed. Remember not only who you are, but whose you are.

Five: And finally remember that this too shall pass.

You can’t calm the storm, so stop trying. What you can do is calm yourself. The storm will pass.”—Timber Hawkeye

Fear and torment may try to knock on the door of your heart and mind. Don’t let them in. Let love fill your heart and mind and combat those two enemies of your soul. You are not a slave to fear. You are not a slave to torment. Take a moment, smile and know that you are infinitely loved and that in love’s arms you are safe – and found!


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