On the Well Woman Show this week, we neutralize overwhelm the well woman way. And we do it by breaking down how to clear emotional and physical space, face your fears and build your resilience by activating superpowers you haven't been using.
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The Well Woman Approach to Neutralizing Overwhelm
A well woman is strong and vulnerable, brave and scared, challenges the status quo and internalizes oppressive systems, and is self compassionate while imperfect.
A well woman doesn't "power through" tough times or "boss babe" her way to the top.
A well woman accepts that NOT every thing is "figure-out-able" and that is OK.
A well woman is working on being ok with uncertainty, not controlling things and not figuring it ALL out. Being ok with uncertainty - that is where real power is.
On the show this week, we use this approach to present three ways to neutralize overwhelm:
Step 1: Clear some space
Clearing mental and emotional space like this also creates a sense of safety and control, needed for the next step.
Step 2: Face your stuff
"Take fear along for the ride, just don't let it in the driver's seat." -Liz Gilbert
Using an acronym, we look closely at FEAR:
This reward creates a sense of self-acceptance, needed for the next step.
Step 3: Activate your superpowers
This builds resilience, which leads to a sense of well-being.
When we learn to notice and have gratitude for a superpower like our breath, we can build upon this awareness to call it in when we need it. And when we develop the ability to call in our superpowers or activate them when we need them, we can notice and have gratitude for other superpowers, build them and use them.
"Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare" Audre Lorde
Three components from Kristin Neff:
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