Curious & Curiouser Podcast, Episode 52: Why You Are Allowed to Feel Overwhelmed Regardless of Your Circumstances

Today’s episode is all about overwhelm. Specifically, Tracey and I are asking the question:  Who gets to feel overwhelmed?

Are you allowed to feel overwhelmed if you don’t have children? Are you allowed to feel overwhelmed if you have a flexible schedule that you design yourself? Are you allowed to feel overwhelmed by things you love?

Short answer:  YES.

Listen in to hear Tracey and me talk more specifically about our own experiences of overwhelm, why it isn’t helpful to compare your overwhelm to that of those around you, and how to discern between overwhelm that is the a choice and overwhelm that is an obligation.

Enjoy the show! And please remember to leave a 5-star rating or review in iTunes if you love it. Tracey and I would really appreciate it!

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Highlights from the episode:

  • A little lovefest between Tracey and me
  • Update on the chickens
  • Comparing our overwhelm to others — kids vs. no kids, illness vs. health, working for self vs. working for others
  • How we choose our own overwhelm
  • It’s okay to be overwhelmed by things you love
  • What can you stop doing to feel less overwhelmed?
  • Is it okay to want and do less? How do we define enough?
  • What does it mean if something we enjoy (i.e. a hobby) leaves us feeling overwhelmed?
  • Tracey’s art & my writing
  • On keeping commitments to ourselves in spite of overwhelm
  • Episode 51 on procrastination
  • Living in accordance with your values & how this can be overwhelming
  • Can we do less without becoming complacent?
  • Obligation vs. choice
  • How to acknowledge someone else’s overwhelm without negating your own
  • Self-compassion and empathy
  • Episode 21 on comparison
  • And more!


Piquing Our Curiosity:

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