Ever felt like if "just one more thing" were to land on your plate you would "lose it"? That feeling where you're barely holding it together, not sure if you need to scream or cry? You're near frantic or just so "done with it" you freeze, unable to do anything at all, not even make a decision about what to do or not do? When we’re overwhelmed, we can’t function. It may seem silly but your brain doesn't just see a to-do list, or a decision to make, it now sees a threat. It sees the threat of not enough time, not enough energy, not enough magical ability to fit everything into the day. Or it sees the threat of failing, the threat of disappointing others, the threat of losing control.
And guess what? Our bodies react to threat the same way: fight, flight, or freeze, whether the threat is a bus hurtling towards us or a to-do list that makes us feel like we can’t breathe. Usually, we land somewhere between freeze and flight, which rears it's ugly head as procrastination.
"When we are in overwhelm or stressed, our brains don't work as well. Our bodies are flooded with hormones and we step into fight or flight mode. We have less capacity to concentrate and if you're anything like me. When I am this state I become less responsive, less capable of managing anything other than what's in front of me and less flexible. Essentially, not a nice version of myself." - Melanie Charles (Founder of Live in the Flow)
This state of overwhelm is becoming the new normal for so many of us these days. When we try to lay our head down at night our thoughts race with lists of things that need to get done, lists we should have made, that bill we forgot to pay, the call we need to return, the dentist appointment we need to make, and on and on. Add to that the daily pressure we place on ourselves to do more and more at work, at home, for our kids, for our communities....we are overextended and under-rejuvenated. Cortisol levels are running on high on the daily. We all know that's not healthy.
For me, this blanket helps calm me down: I would say I suffer from minor general anxiety (i.e. I'm "high-strung"). When it's bedtime, it relaxes my body and I have a much easier time putting down the cell phone and turning off the light. When I wake up, my entire body feels like I had a massage the day before. My husband doesn't suffer from any anxiety and he still thinks this is the best thing since sliced bread."