Silly question. Do you struggle with overwhelm? Of course you do. If you're a human being, you struggle with overwhelm. Some people struggle with it a little bit, some people more so. But I know in this day and age that we live in, no matter what's your age, what's your sex, how educated or not, how wealthy or not you are, you are dealing with some form of overwhelm. And on this video, I have got seven simple ways for you to deal with overwhelm. Now, I'm not saying these are easy to do. As you'll see, when I give you these ideas, they will be a struggle to implement them in your life. But I will tell you that these ideas work.
Number one, silence. I'm so glad that the dog next door didn't start barking when I did the silence part. If you want to reduce overwhelm, you need to embrace silence. We live in a world that is literally on 24/7/365. We are bombarded with all kinds of technology, all kinds of noise. But if you want to reduce the amount of overwhelm you're dealing with, you need to embrace silence.
Number two, practice breathing. Maybe go someplace quiet, silence, close your eyes. Don't think about anything, and just do some deep breathing. You don't have to do it perfectly. You don't have to be in a meditative state, although you certainly can do that. But practice deep breathing.
Idea number three, take an inventory of who is influencing you. And I don't mean just people you meet in person. The people you follow on social media, or the books you read or the webinars you attend, you are being influenced by people every single day. You need to be very, very careful of who you are allowing to influence you. When you are influenced by people who are angry, upset, divisive, all these other negative emotions, you have a propensity of being overwhelmed, and I want to help you reduce that. So do an inventory of who is influencing you. And then I want you to disconnect or distance yourself from the people who are negatively influencing you.
Number four, take a break from social media. Social media is on 24/7/365. It is not your friend. Yes, you can get value from it. But it is not your friend. Who do you think came up with endless scrolling? So take a break, maybe an hour once a day, maybe two hours once a day, maybe you can get up to a whole day without social media.
Idea number five goes right along with it: take a break from technology. If you are going to go read your book, leave your phone in the house. Don't have to have the TV, don't have to have the radio on, don't have to have streaming music on. It's okay just to, remember what I said my first point was: embrace silence. So take a break from technology.
Which leads me into idea number six, take tech-free walks. A lot of people when they are out for a walk, they have their phone and they're surfing social media, or they're surfing the web or they're listening to an audio book or a podcast. Go on a walk tech-free. Now the only exception I will give you here is if you have a wearable like an Apple Watch or a Garmin, you can take that with you so you can count your steps or track your walk. But don't bring any other technology with you.
And the seventh tip, the seventh idea for reducing overwhelming in your life is take a news fast. A news fast. Don't consume the news on social media, on the web, on TV. Take a break. Or you can do what I do. I have one source of news I watch once a day. And this particular source is an individual and they only broadcast Monday through Friday. And if they take a week vacation, I don't check the news. So maybe you need to do that as well.
So again, the seven ideas for you to reduce your overwhelm: practice the art of silence; deep breathing; taking inventory who's influencing you, because you are being influenced by people; take a break from social social media, all social media, including YouTube; take a break from technology; take tech-free walks; and consider a news fast