How to Avoid the Overwhelm Infection

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Ever find yourself in a good groove by:

  • Saying no
  • Asking yourself often “What do I want?”
  • Using the Satisfaction Finder.
  • Knowing your Minimum Requirements for Self-Care (explained in the Life Organizer & in a free audio when you subscribe here)

& generally doing what you love more often…. and then someone comes bombing into your space ranting about how busy they are, how much they have going on, or maybe just how many cool projects they are launching…

& you start to wonder… “Am I missing something? Am I getting lazy? Maybe I should up my game, add some more stuff, learn to tango, take up CrossFit, start my own microbrewery, adopt 27 cats…”

Before the overwhelm infection goes any further, I invite you to watch Spontaneous Video Wednesday in which I slap down overwhelm and call you into being a leader of sanity – for the planet’s sake!

We are the sane ones – some of the time – let’s not let the rest of the world take us down. Our sanity is service!

Love to hear what you think & what you do when you get infected (we all do). Your encouragement and comments are so wonderful. Thank you for every single one of them.

 

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Christina Frei - July 3, 2013

Jennifer -You are endlessly entertaining and a natural performer. And with a solid message to boot. So fun. Hugs. Christina

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    jenniferlouden - July 3, 2013

    thanks honey!

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Charmaine - July 3, 2013

Loved this! I definitely have moments where I need to fight off the infection – on a regular basis at times!! My 2yo especially loved watching your video – cracked up laughing every time you went ‘AAACK!’ and now wants me to replay it over and over again, heh… 🙂

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    jenniferlouden - July 3, 2013

    i love your daughter!

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Intuitive Leadership Coach - July 3, 2013

I totally hear the call to become a leader of sanity.

I left a community this week because the leader was (still is) a drama Queen (talk about creating overwhelm & insanity!) and this new mantra “becoming a leader of sanity” will keep me grounded and well, drama free.

I love your energy Jennifer + you look radiant!

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    jenniferlouden - July 3, 2013

    thanks honey, that is so kind to hear and so glad you left your drama Queen situation!!

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Karen Wan - July 3, 2013

I love this video because the overwhelm infection is something I’ve been fighting for the last several years, and have finally gotten to that place of spaciousness and feelings of enoughness. I’ve had a strange path to get here, but I’m so happy to be blessed with abundant living and time to enjoy it.
Yet, there are many times I wonder if I should be doing more and “saving” the world in a bigger way. I needed to hear you say that we are doing the planet a favor when we live with less consumption and less need to appear important to others.

By the way, I’m not sure what you’re doing (or not doing), but you’ve been looking more and more beautiful and full of grace with even more of an inner glow in your latest videos.

Thank you again for another wonderful video.
Karen

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    jenniferlouden - July 3, 2013

    Karen the radiant is mostly YouTube taking the wrinkles off and I am happy & in love and working on trusting my voice more & more. And I deeply and utterly believe if Western women could be happy in real way we would stop consuming so much & our natural desire to help would arise in a millions ways that are sustainable and really really perfect. so kudos on you!

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Carolyn Cooper - July 3, 2013

Oh thank you for this timely message! I’ve been great this summer about allowing myself some spaciousness and loving it, but the last few weeks I’ve noticed projects that some others are doing and began wondering if I’m being too slack and need to get back into working too many hours to “keep up”. I do believe the less I stress the more my life and business flow, but sometimes the gremlins want to come back in my head and counter that belief. Thank you for speaking to my heart and reminding me others go through this too, and white space is a valuable thing for an entrepreneur! Now, I’m going for a bike ride 🙂

And PS -I agree with Karen you do keep getting more ‘glowy’ Have a great secret trip!

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    jenniferlouden - July 4, 2013

    Thanks Carolyn. I say do an experiment – track what happens when you spend more time in spaciousness. What metrics mean something to you – making a certain amount of money, creating X, time with family, less back pain, etc. Pick 3 and track them. that way you will have some data for how what you care about changes or is influenced by “keeping up.” Tell me what happens!

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      Carolyn Cooper - July 4, 2013

      hmm….brilliant!

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Sara Macias - July 3, 2013

I love you! Yes! When your able to hone in to your own life you conserve so much energy and can give it to the areas that need it or the areas that you simply want to give it to. Thank you for reminding me of this important truth. xo!

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    jenniferlouden - July 4, 2013

    Sara thanks for making my day with your kind words. I love making these videos and writing this blog & gal, it sure is nice to hear it helps/inspires. And love what you said about conserving energy by honing in – well said!!

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Amalia Cochran - July 3, 2013

I have a dear friend with whom I have regular discussions about the “Drama Llamas” in our lives- not in a negative way, but in a supportive, problem-solving way. Not only do we always have fun when we’re brainstorming things, we both always walk away feeling pretty good about solutions we help each other formulate to challenging situations and people (and not over-doing!).

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    jenniferlouden - July 4, 2013

    love that “Drama Llamas” and love that you have support to stay in the groove. Sweetness itself.

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Susan Gallacher-Turner - July 3, 2013

Thanks for you fun and important message, Jen!

My dilemma…just when I get myself off the hamster wheel, usually out of burnout, do I get tempted to jump back on?

My mind answers…because I don’t want to be lazy.

My hear answers…because I want to contribute.

I loved hearing you say that it is possible to serve/contribute by staying in your ‘good groove’.

Hope you have a great ‘surprise’ trip!

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    jenniferlouden - July 4, 2013

    yes it is possible! Susan I think being happy and really listening to how we are interconnected is a huge part of service!!! you aren’t lazy by the way. 🙂

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Mindy - July 8, 2013

This really hit home with me. I have lived most of my 50 years in the overwhelmed state. Can’t think of how many times I have uttered that word and longed for more space. And when my world came crashing down around me, illness, financial troubles, other big stuff, suddenly, life presented me with tons of white space. I felt at peace with it for a while. But lately, I am starting to feel like I am out of touch with the world. Everyone is so busy and I am so not. Thank you for your blog post and video. I will try your approach

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    jenniferlouden - July 12, 2013

    May we both find the calm that is ours at our center dear Mindy.

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