Feeling Overwhelmed, and What to do About it

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Brain Overload from Information Fatigue is Real

Overwhelm, also known as info overload, infobesity, and officially as Information Fatigue Syndrome (IFS), can cause stress and hinder creativity, progress and growth. It’s ironic that the very thing needed to counter the stress of information overload is often the first thing that’s compromised when we feel overwhelmed. Progress.

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Progress… growth… momentum… ascension… learning… movement. Growth is the definition of life. When we’re stuck, we are out of alignment with purpose. Feeling overwhelmed is simply a signal from our essential selves, from life itself and from that which brings us more life.

Overwhelm demands that we stop consuming and start doing. Progress… forward momentum, is the number one antidote to information overload.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

The Stress of Less Amidst More

When we feel overwhelmed we’re spinning in circles like the dog chasing its tail. It’s definitely not fun but it is remedial, and actually, in fairly short order.

Dogs that chase their tails are either playing or agitated. Most agitation is simply a lack of exercise, movement or growth. Dogs exhibiting signs of obsessive-compulsive behaviors typically really need is the same as humans: good nutrition and ample exercise.

Agitation in humans, can also signal being off track with purpose.

Action is the remedy for a better life. The ultimate purpose of consumption is to convert input to output, be it information or food.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

Feeling Overwhelmed in Boundless Abundance

Feeling overwhelmed is often just brain overload from info overload. We are children of the “information age”, and like kids in the candy store, we’re often consuming more than we need and more than our brains can handle.

Today, we buy book after book, and course after course, before we’ve applied the lessons from the first.

Living in an era of abundance… abundant food, abundant information, abundant access… abundant resources…abundant freedom, requires that we parent ourselves in consuming what we need, when we need it. Anything else can quickly lead to overwhelm, and can lead to analysis paralysis, inaction and even depression.

A successful life includes learning to manage our energies through quality input and productive output.

Prosperous free societies require the citizens to manage themselves. Those who do, prosper and succeed. Those who don’t fall victim of circumstance with increasingly diminished freedom.

In a free society, it is our choices—and our attitudes—that determine our freedom.

Prosperous free societies require the citizens to manage themselves. Those who do, prosper and succeed.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

Infobesity is Real

Don’t binge on information. Adult up and discipline yourself to take in what you need, then use what you’ve consumed. Convert information to action, knowledge to wisdom, and food to energy and strength.

The burden of mental consumption weighs us down and presses upon our shoulders and our psyche.

Chances are you don’t need another how-to book. What you need most is to take action on what you know. Even if you don’t think you know enough yet, the best learning comes from doing.

Do, learn, then write your own book!

Creation is the Antonym of Consumption1)https://www.thesaurus.com/browse/consumption?s=t

You are wiser than you know, and that next book or course (or article 😲)is still piling information from the outside in. Give your inner wisdom a chance to get a word in edgewise… take a break… a reprieve… an extended meditation away from consuming content and information and media.

Reversing overwhelm is often as simple as taking a break from consumption. Instead, get vigorously busy in creating something toward your goals. Do one action daily toward your goals. Creation reverses overwhelm. So long as you balance creating with the business of creating, you’ll be moving increasingly toward greater success.

To consume is to delay doing the work that will fulfill you by virtue of emptying yourself into your creative endeavor.

Overcoming Overwhelm is as simple as:

  1. Stop consuming – content, social media, news, food (if you over-consume that too) etc.
  2. Start doing and creating one thing daily toward your goals.

For more on the terms used in this article, (and if you’re sure you want more information 😉: Information Overload2)https://workplacepsychology.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/information_overload_causes_symptoms_and_solutions_ruff.pdf)), Infobesity3)https://www.bain.com/insights/infobesity-the-enemy-of-good-decisions, and Information Fatigue Syndrom((https://cs.stanford.edu/people/eroberts/cs201/projects/1999-00/technorealism/glut_consequences.html

“The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. To be your own man is a hard business. If you try it, you’ll be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.”
~Rudyard Kipling, in an “Interview with an Immortal” by Arthur Gordon for Reader’s Digest, 1935. Often misquoted to Nietzsche, the original transcripted interview can be found in the 1967 Kipling Society journal reprints as “Six Hours with Rudyard Kipling”.

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1. https://www.thesaurus.com/browse/consumption?s=t
2. https://workplacepsychology.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/information_overload_causes_symptoms_and_solutions_ruff.pdf)), Infobesity((https://www.bain.com/insights/infobesity-the-enemy-of-good-decisions
3. https://www.bain.com/insights/infobesity-the-enemy-of-good-decisions, and Information Fatigue Syndrom((https://cs.stanford.edu/people/eroberts/cs201/projects/1999-00/technorealism/glut_consequences.html