A Reminder for when we feel Overwhelmed with Being Human – Elephant Journal

Being human can be a monumental undertaking at times. The weight of feeling everything and moving through daily tasks can seem overwhelming. I take to the Elephant Journal to discuss what to do and what to avoid when that happens.

How often do you do things automatically?

Our systems and our brains can function automatically when it comes to so many things. We don’t need to be reminded to breathe. No one learns to walk all over again each day. We can also pick up some pretty amazing talents and have them become automatic as well. From playing sports to flying planes, our brains learn how to do those things until they can handle the task with little to no input from us.

This continues until something happens to upset the system. You run out of coffee. Forget to get gas. Leave your phone at home. Suddenly, your system has gone haywire. You can no longer run on autopilot because your brain has now been taxed with the task of actually making decisions.

Overwhelmed with Being Human

What about when we get thrown off course by something that we perceive is negative? The end of a relationship. Losing a job. An accident. An injury. Some sort of trauma.

Not only do those situations not have an automatic response, but they also throw off all of the systems we’ve had in place that eased our mental burden and allowed us to run on autopilot.

When that occurs, things can get dicey. We start looking for ways to quickly fix whatever it is that ails us. It isn’t enjoyable to feel off-kilter, and being forced to increase the number of decisions we make daily is exhausting. It’s easy to want to just find something that will quiet all of the noise and make us feel better—even if it is just a temporary improvement.

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