I just realized (pretty late in the game, huh?), that there is more than one form of overwhelmed.
1. the typical, “Oh my gosh, I have so much to do and I can’t even decide where to start and this is a catastrophe!” That’s what I’ve written and blogged about. There of course are strategies for this.
2. The demoralized overwhelmed – “It’s just too much, and too hard and even if I did something it wouldn’t turn out right anyway and everything I touch turns to crap and I can barely manage to get myself out of bed, let alone get started on doing anything, and so it’s all piled up and so -it’s just too much, and too hard and —etc. I have written and blogged about this too, under “demoralized”, not realizing that this is another form of “overwhelmed. And there are strategies.
But yesterday, I saw myself caught in the third form of overwhelmed, which I hadn’t recognized, before – overload and perhaps frantic. I’ll go into that one next blog; if I tried to do it today it would be too much. And the extra time will give me a chance to think more about strategies – at the moment the only strategy I can think of is to hold up my hands, spin in circles and scream “Stop!!!!!!”