Overwhelm. Overwhelmed. Overwhelming.

It's been A LOT lately, no?

We are all in it. In fact, overwhelm doesn’t feel like a strong enough word to describe – at least for me – how my system is reacting to the current state of affairs.

To overwhelm, as a verb, is defined as “to give too much of a thing to (someone); to inundate.” And also, “to bury or drown beneath a huge mass.”

I’m talking about overwhelm as a state. A mental state. An emotional state. A physical state. It’s when our nervous system is overloaded and starts to shut things down. It’s a protective response, a survival instinct. It’s involuntary.

We all have different thresholds for becoming overwhelmed. If you are a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) your threshold may be lower. And different stimuli cause overwhelm for different people – it depends on what triggers you, what burdens you, what drains your energy or overfills your pot.