Turning Overwhelm into Balance
I have primarily a type A personality. Those unfamiliar with this label are lucky. Type A people tend to be a bit high strung and have a million things going on at once. They usually do well as entrepreneurs or leaders and tend to be control freaks. They are not good followers or doormats. Type A people can be quite productive if they can find a good balance between work and play, but if not they run the risk of burn out, coronary disease and other stress related ailments. Yikes!
So how do you turn overwhelm into balance?
1) Prioritize. Every day the first thing I ask myself is a) “What do I absolutely have to get done by the end of the day?” And that’s what I focus on first. b) Setting time limits for myself…no more than 5-10 minutes on FB and then I am off helps me to stay on track. C) Closing out my email so I’m not distracted by messages while I am working a no brainer.
2) Grounding. When I get too caught up in my work and overwhelm begins to kick in I ground myself while I am working. a) breathe – it calms and soothes the heart b) the energy of mother earth by visualizing roots growing out the bottom of my feet and asking mother earth to bring me balance and order, with c) the love of the universe by asking my guides and guardian angel to surround me with the calm and quiet of their love and peace.
3) Herbs. I have a variety of herbs and vitamins to calm and soothe my nerves when I am feeling out of balance. (I do not take these daily just as needed.) a) Niacin – b vitamins which are excellent for stress b) 5HTP – helps restore serotonin levels naturally c) GABA – an amino acid known for its importance in nervous system functioning
4) Never Underestimate the Power of Nature. We camp in Chetek, WI and I absolutely LOVE the great outdoors. As an added bonus this year my husband built a deck on the river with a babbling brook. It’s quite relaxing and healing. Being on the water brings back many childhood memories of fun in the sun. My “week-end get aways” have reminded me that I need to incorporate this into my daily life. I now take a mini break in my back yard several times throughout the day to commune with nature and the animals.
As a Type A personality it’s a constant balancing act between what has to get done, what should get done and what I really want to get done.
I find that when I am in touch with myself and in tune with the universe my experiences are more profluent.
Remember, if you hear, see or feel it three times ~Pay Attention~ it means the Universe is speaking to you.
How do you stay balanced when you have lots of things going on in your life?
Take this short quiz to find out how balanced you are: Type A Personality Quiz
I needed to read this! I tend to always run on “overwhelm” LOL. Thank you for your great suggestions, I need to work at applying this. They are so easy, yet we tend to drift away from them and back into our “overwhelm” mode over and over!! (or at least I do!)
Love, Love, LOVE!!! Yes to the 3 times that is when I know the universe is trying to get my attention. And it is great that as a type-A you let go enough to ground or trust other sources, what a huge sign of an evolved being. This article lit me up, thanks!
Yoga has been my saving grace – it helps me check out from the craziness of my life and become more centered. I also love a list — it helps me prioritize the things that are important and check things off as they get done.
Thanks for the link to the quiz! Such fun-and apparently I’m a Type “B”, but I can still relate to the need to be outdoors as much as possible. And how on earth do you limit Facebook to 10 minutes a day? My hat’s off to you on that one:) Great article Julie!
Julie.. me too. Yes to the crazy Type A self and yes to the need for the boundaries and the grounding.. nature and remedies. Beautiful intuitive minds think and act very much alike…I create daily rituals -my daily “essentials” to ground and anchor me throughout the day to balance my body and over-thinking brain…get outside a lot, meditate at the start of the day.. limit time on mindless computer drains.. I have to be very conscious of minding my energy.. am super sensitive and and empath on top of it so have learned what works and what will cause me to short circuit.. Great article..
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I love this – such a great reminder! I am a Type A too, always assumed I was; but your description was me to a T! I do tend to get caught up and I forget to take things gently. I have ME?CFS so it’s really important for me to do that. I’m off to meditate for 10 minutes – thank you for the much needed prompt!
Great tips, Julie! I was cured of my Type A tendencies when I had a tap on the shoulder from the universe….literally. With my humerus broken in 2 places and 3 pins in there for the summer I had to learn to just be and not do. Which was one of the most wonderful gifts I have ever received – as evidenced by my photos and my Gratitude Tarot deck.
I also love your final message about threes. Beautiful. I’m listening.
Hugs and butterflies,
Oooh — I like the last tip the best — 3 times means a sign from the Universe! I have lots of signs coming at me right now, then! I’m a total Type A and, like you, find that prioritizing is my first go-to for productivity. I’m going to work on the grounding, though — I think that could be really helpful for me when I’ve got a million browser windows open and can’t remember what I meant to do next! 🙂