9 Quick Tips to Calm in an Overwhelm Moment

A few weeks ago I shared an image that said
“Crazy around you, doesn’t mean crazy within you”
from Courtney Carver.

As moms, most of the time it’s crazy around us, right? Someone needs something, something needs to be done……events…requests…kids arguing…to-do lists….we’re constantly assessing situations, making decisions and problem-solving.

It’s overwhelming.

Think about the state of your mind in these moments, is that the ideal way to make decisions and take action?

One quote that shares this perfectly is from Melody Beattie:
“There is little in our lives we need to do that we cannot do better if we are peaceful.”
So how can we settle in the moment and be more peaceful? Quick answer…by being mindful.

I’m giving you my top 9 Quick Tips to Calm in an Overwhelm Moment so you can start experiencing more mindful moments:

  • Do something that comforts you(if only for a minute or two, but give it your full attention during that time)
  • Take a few minutes of quiet, if your kids are old enough ask them to play in a different room, or go into your own space. If you have younger children, give them a favorite toy or something to occupy them. (I know this one might be a stretch to achieve, but sometimes it does work out!)
  • Pause to prioritize…what is most pressing that needs my attention? what can wait?
  • Go outside or look out a window focusing on what you see or hear, doing your best to block out the chatter
  • Light  a candle or diffuse a favorite scent 
  • Put on calming music to lower your heart rate and settle your mind
  • Have an image or item that reminds you to take a pause and be mindful. I have a Baby Groot on my desk, yes Baby Groot! If you’ve seen the most recent Guardians of the Galaxy movie the opening credits include Baby Groot dancing while the rest of the guardians are battling a space monster. To me this was a perfect example of…just because there is chaos around you, doesn’t mean you have to participate in it.
  • Pause, take a few deep breaths (3 at minimum)
  • Being gentle with yourself, reminding yourself that it’s okay if you feel scattered, if you notice that you’re feeling overwhelmed, ask yourself what you need in that moment to take away some of the overwhelm and take action.

Which tip  are you going to implement for the next time the feeling of overwhelm sneaks up on you?

I would love to hear what you want to implement for yourself, feel free to comment below and let me know!