Trying to describe emotional overload will bring a different response depending upon whom you talk to today. It’s been said that we’re never given more than we can handle. But I think anyone who’s reading this, if they’re honest, will say that it feels like some days you’ve been given more of your share of challenges than any five of your closest friends.
When you feel like quitting the emotional rat race
What happens when you feel emotionally overloaded? Do you have a tendency to go invisible and not let anyone have contact with you? Do you feel like running away? Or do you hide your emotions from those that are closest to you, because you feel like each one of them is handling their life better than you are?
We have all heard the word stress and how it is responsible for all sorts of illnesses and bad health. But how do you define stress? Some people can handle five or ten tasks all going on in one day, whereas other people can barely get through the day managing one task that they have been challenged to complete.
Here’s a visualization that you might want to think about. Let’s say a young boy, perhaps a one-year-old, is standing at the edge of the swimming pool. His cute little toes are tucked over the edge, and he is gazing at his mama or his papa who is in the water coaxing him to jump in. For the child who has never jumped into a swimming pool, we might want to say that his emotions are on overload. He’s reluctant. He’s quivering, but not because it’s cold outside. Fear has entered the game plan. Yet a loving adult that he trusts is in the water and extending a hand, asking him to jump in. Yes, the adult is asking the child to trust that he’ll be safe. The child jumps into the water. The adult catches him and everything is wonderful in the world. The child’s fear has just been reduced, he’s safe, and he might even want to jump into the pool again.
As adults, really bad days feel like we’re standing at the edge the pool, looking into the challenging waters, and not seeing anyone there to rescue us or to provide the safety that’s needed to help us get through a very difficult challenge.
When your emotions are on overload, and it feels like you have no one to turn to, just know that there are dedicated professionals who are only a phone call away. Reach out to someone who can offer you safety. But remember, you’re the one who must take the first step. Kendall Van Blarcom is just such a dedicated professional. Call him today. Make an appointment.