Why Do I Feel So Overwhelmed?

With the rapid pace of life these days, and the constant advances in technology, is it any wonder that I often ask myself “Why do I feel so overwhelmed?” Overwhelm has become the new disease of the modern era.  

Many folks are running to therapists and taking numerous types of medication to combat this new villain, but there just may be a much simpler and far less expensive way to handle this.

 

 

What’s Wrong With Technology?

Since I have personally worked in and around technology for many years, I have been privileged to see both the pluses and the minuses of this worldwide industry. It has made life easier in so many ways, but at the same time, just like medications, it does definitely have it’s side effects as well.

It seems like every twenty plus (20+) years after a new invention in technology, we experience a higher level of stress in the general population. This started with the invention of the telephone, increased when cell phones became commonplace, and has taken a strong upward trend with social media.

What will stress levels and overwhelm be like in a few years when nearly the entire worldwide population has access to the net?

It really doesn’t have to be this way. Technology is a tool, like any modern appliance or hand tool which we have used. Is this tool in control of us, or are we in charge?

Like any tool, it pays to spend the time and effort in learning how to utilize it properly. There are no shortcuts when we desire to become good at something. When we utilize technology properly, overwhelm is not an issue.

 

There Is A Solution

When we are doing so many things at once, we do not do them well or efficiently.  We not only rush around like road runners, but we are so distracted, that we do not even recognize, and acknowledge when a job is completed and well done.  This merely results in a very unhappy existence, no matter what outward signs of success we achieve.

We are so busy sending emails and texts, making phone calls, holding a lot of meetings which are mostly unnecessary a large part of the time, that we have forgotten why we are doing all this to begin with. It really does not take very long for burn out and frustration to set in.

It can set in whether we accomplish our goals or not. It really doesn’t matter, because we are not really happy.

First we need to learn to slow down, and do one thing at a time as efficient as we can. We will not only get better results, but we will actually experience what we have been looking for all the time; just a little bit of joy, fulfillment and happiness.

Can we slow down? Of course we can!  It takes a little practice of observing ourselves, and making corrections along the way.

 

Take It Easy

When we take things slow and easy, we are more likely to enjoy the experience. By staying present and alert, we begin to notice when we get out of sorts.  Taking it Easy

Instead of ignoring this, or accepting it as the way it needs to be because it always has been since we can remember, let’s pay attention, and then allow ourselves the opportunity to choose.

Once we get tired enough of all the stress, frustration, and overwhelm, we will more inclined to choose a bit differently.

 

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Enjoy the moment! It is All we really Have.

 

Joseph

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