How Does Stress and Overwhelm Lead to Anxiety and Depression?

Speed - LightThere’s a topic that’s been weighing heavily on my mind over the past couple of years – and it has to do with society’s obsession with speed.

Ever since I began my entrepreneurial journey, I’ve been told by business coaches and consultants, “People pay for speed.”

I’ve watched companies compete for contracts saying, “We can do it faster.”

I’ve observed consultants and coaches pushing their clients to, “Get it done NOW.”

And as a mother of two school-age children, I’ve noticed this same obsession showing up in the area of education. I’ve heard countless politicians, analysts, and various experts go on and on about “the race to the top” – where states (and countries) race to get student test scores to the top of the list as quickly as possible.

I’ve even noticed in the medical field, our tendency to over-prescribe medications, looking for that “quick-fix.” No one has the patience anymore for a natural process to work its course. Even pharmacists are speaking out about the influx of prescriptions related to anxiety and depression. Many are saying that it’s not uncommon to see one out of every three prescriptions being filled for an anti-depressant medication.

It seems that every where we turn, speed is winning over quality and process.

As a child growing up in the 60s and 70s, I was always told, “Take your time and read through the questions so you can do your best work” – and “Go outside, get some fresh air, clear your mind – and play.”

It was these words of wisdom that set the tone of of my work ethic . It’s what led me to valuing the quality of life – and honoring the process that it takes to achieve this quality.

As I look at today’s world, I’m being led to wonder, what has happened between now and then? When did we all get in a hurry? Why are we all in a rush – and what is the coveted prize if we get there first?

I’m reminded of Mahatma Gandhi’s quote, “There is more to life than simply increasing its speed.”

Slowing Down

 

What if we took time to fully enjoy life, each and every experience – rather than run at high speed and live in constant stress?

Ah……such a nice thought! 🙂

In this busy, hurried, fast-paced world – it actually feels really good to slow down, take a deep breath, savor the moment – and ENJOY LIFE!

So how can you hop off the merry-go-round of busyness and life at full speed – and into a more calm state of being?

If you’ve been feeling overwhelmed and stressed – or anxious or depressed, I’d like to share two complimentary resources that are more holistic in nature and more natural in process.

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(1) The first is an invitation to join me for a special dialogue with my colleagues, Ann Farard and Jamie Willett, publishers of Front Burner Mama Magazine on the topic of overwhelm.

Are you feeling overwhelmed with the many things you have on your plate? Are you spinning in a sea of busyness? Are you being controlled by your “to do” list? ~ This rich conversation sheds light on a healthier, more simple approach to overwhelm by giving you three easy ways you can shift from chaos to calm. ~ While the focus of our dialogue pertains to mothers, the tips can be applied by anyone who wants to move out of overwhelm and back in control of their own lives.

To access this complimentary audio recording, click here: 3 Simple Ways to Get Out of Overwhelm

P.S. If you like what you hear during this dialogue, here’s an opportunity to go more in depth with these holistic strategies. Plus, there’s a really cool bonus! Slowing Down

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(2) The second is an invitation to join me as my guest for a unique telesummit being hosted by The Embodied Soul Center. I’ll be joined by 14 other mind, body, and spirit practitioners who will be sharing our wisdom, tips, tools, and resources in the powerful training series, “Real Body, Mind, Spirit Solutions to Anxiety and Depression.”

I’ll be speaking on the topic of maternal depression – and how “journaling by the moonlight” can help support the healing path toward a healthy connection to one’s authentic voice.

There is no cost to attend this event – and you can join from the comfort of your home or office. ~ For more details or to register, please visit: Holistic Solutions for Anxiety and Depression

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I do hope you’ll join me for these rich conversations to learn more about holistic approaches to handling stress and overwhelm – and managing anxiety and depression.

There’s so much more to life than just increasing its speed!

About Tina Games

Tina M. Games is the author of Journaling by the Moonlight: A Mother’s Path to Self-Discovery (an interactive book with an accompanying deck of 54 journaling prompt cards). As a certified creativity and life purpose coach, and a gifted intuitive, she is the “Moonlight Muse” for women who want to tap into the “full moon within” and claim their authentic self, both personally and professionally. Through her signature coaching programs, based on the phases of the moon, Tina gently guides women from darkness to light as they create an authentic vision filled with purpose, passion and creative expression. She lives on Cape Cod in Massachusetts with her husband and their two children.

5 Responses to How Does Stress and Overwhelm Lead to Anxiety and Depression?

  1. Sangita April 2, 2014 at 7:05 pm #

    Thank you Tina for sharing 2 options and I will look into both of them:) Speed and competition ,both a big NO NO. Things happens only when they are meant to be!!!

  2. Cher April 2, 2014 at 10:27 pm #

    Tina, your article points to the idea that speed has its time and place. What I hear you saying is to be cautious of the whether the time and place produces any side effects. Both options you present sound like great starts at dealing with overwhelm and the drive for speed when it’s counterproductive.

    Cher Gunderson
    Masteryouraccent.com

  3. Dorothy Fitzer April 2, 2014 at 11:10 pm #

    Tina – I’m so glad you covered this is of being in a hurry. It’s such a plague of modern society impacting us on so many levels. I think we all need to keep supporting each other in staying in tune with the natural rhythms of life so we don’t get sucked into this persistent red bull style culture. Thank you for being a beautiful reminder;)

  4. Patricia April 3, 2014 at 1:18 am #

    Great article Tina! Love your thought about slowing down to deeply enjoying life and every moment, just the thought of it is relieving and relaxing 🙂 Thanks for sharing the 2 complimentary resources, will look into both of them 🙂

  5. Teena Evert April 3, 2014 at 5:06 pm #

    LOL – I was in a speedy state when I started to read your post..squeezing in a read as I wait for my client to arrive. It is just infused in our society to GO FAST, TAKE CHANCES. This makes me want to stop in my tracks and just breathe – because I can often start going along at a nice pace then before I know it I am sprinting to keep up with everyone. Not good. Thank you for your lovely options to get a handle on such a common issue that we can all relate to 🙂

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