Setbacks / 9 Ways to deal with overwhelming thoughts

  • Adi Maor Siso
  • overwhelm . overwhelming thoughts .

I think the most common thing I hear from women that want to start a new project – is that they have some kind of Fear.

Sometimes this fear takes shape in our mind as an overwhelming paralyzing monster!
We want to do something so badly, but can’t bring ourselves to do it.

How can we slay those monsters and actually get things done? 

Here are 9 useful tips for you:

1. Writing

There is nothing like good old fashion writing to get things out of your head and onto a piece of paper. Things tend to get new perspective that way.

  • Talk to your thoughts – No, I didn’t lose it. Talking can be done in writing as well. We all have a habit of letting our thoughts run our days and set facts that simply isn’t true. If we’ll look closely at those facts (on that piece of paper), we’ll see that many of them can be changed easily and the paralyzing fears will dissolve.
  • Intuitive writing – Sometimes you just have to get up in the morning and start writing. Whatever comes out is great. Don’t censor yourself.  Don’t stop. Just get it out until your hand hurt… You can’t believe what can come up and how good it feels.
  • Notes – A good TODO list can give you the sense of control and progress.

2. Mind map

Creative way to get your thoughts in order. It’s a great method to us visual people that also tend to jump from one idea to the next. I’ll probably do a whole post on that subject alone…

3. Meditation

Great way to create a quiet place between our thoughts. A calm mind is a mind that can move forward and make decision much more easily.

4. Going outdoors

It’s so important to get in touch with the energy beyond our four walls…and if you can do that near a source of water, even the ocean – even better!

It can clean your mind, fill you with inspiration and open your way of thinking with new thoughts.

5. Calming music

It can lower your stress level and calm your thought. When everything is calm you can sort through your thoughts and pick the right ones.

6. Intuitive painting

If you’re not a word person, maybe painting will help. You don’t have to be talented, you don’t have to over think it – just paint, doodle or flow with the colors. Lots of stuff can come out there and it can free your mind from the paralyzing state.

7. Talking to fellow entrepreneur

We are all in the same boat. There is always someone to talk to that’s going through the same stuff. The only thing you have to pay attention to is that they have to be like-minded people, supportive, that want to help you or can give a good advice if necessary.

8. Mastermind

If you did find someone to talk to, maybe you should do that as a habit. A group of minds works better than one. Thinking together through your fears, can help you deal with your overwhelming thoughts and setbacks.

9. Consulting

If all that didn’t help and you feel like this project is too complex and important, this is exactly the right time to get some professional help. Someone with the expertise, knowledge or experience to lead you (and your thought…) to the right direction.


Really, there is no obstacle you can’t get out of your way!

You really CAN deal with anything!

Even if your fears still paralyzing you,

it’s only because your thoughts running wild and controlling what’s going on…

It can be changed!

Embrace one of those tips, try it, or just tell me your way of dealing with new ideas and fears. Waiting to hear what you have to say in the comments.

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  1. Andrea
    September 5, 2013 Reply

    Great tips, Adi! I’m a big fan of many of them – getting outside, listening to music, etc. You’re so right, you can get yourself out of overwhelm by taking some very simple actions. :)

    1. Adi Maor Siso
      Adi Maor Siso
      September 5, 2013 Reply

      Hi Andrea,
      Very simple actions is the way to go. It will get you anyehere :-)

  2. Alejandra Ruani
    September 5, 2013 Reply

    Nice post!! Great reminder about painting… I could spend hours doing that as a child, and I miss it!

    1. Adi Maor Siso
      September 5, 2013 Reply

      You can never be worng with painting, Alejandra :-)
      I would love to hear what you experienced after you’ll try it again.

  3. Silvia Bianco
    September 5, 2013 Reply

    I’m looking at a large body of water as I write this – not the ocean but a large lake. You’re so right Adi, water reminds me that we’re all a drop of the same body and that Spirit body is all knowing. So when I’m in fear, I ask that the source of my fear be healed…because it’s never about what we think it is. And then, as you advise, I go do something else.

    1. Adi Maor Siso
      September 6, 2013 Reply

      What a beautiful way of looking at things. Especially your smart insights about the water. I love it!
      You’re right – it’s never about what we think it is.

  4. Melissa Burkheimer
    September 6, 2013 Reply

    Hey I love tip #7! Great post Adi!

    1. Adi Maor Siso
      September 6, 2013 Reply

      Thanks Mellissa!
      I’ll be your fellow entrepreneur any time :-)

  5. Lacy
    September 6, 2013 Reply

    I *adore* my mastermind group for talking me off a ledge! LOL! Couldn’t do it without them.

    1. Adi Maor Siso
      September 7, 2013 Reply

      Now I can share with you I have more then one mastermind group.
      Each one has its purpose and helps me in different ways.
      I couldn’t do (or be) where I am today without them, so I understand you completely.

  6. Holly Sugrue
    September 7, 2013 Reply

    Great tips!! I use 2, 3, 4 and 7 quite a bit. Meditation is still a work in progress for me, but I am practicing. I also like to get outdoors and run. Thank you for exposing me to some new ideas.

    1. Adi Maor Siso
      September 7, 2013 Reply

      WONDERFUL to hear (read) that you’re doing it and dealing in different ways.
      Meditation is a work in progress for me too, but I know this is a tool I can use and when to use it.
      So keep practicing ;-)
      Feel free to come back and share your insights if you try a new idea.

  7. Aimelie Ronquillo
    September 7, 2013 Reply

    All really great tips, and I can definitely attest to #6. Intuitive painting is one of the main ways I get clarity in all areas of my life!! Thanks for sharing!!

    1. Adi Maor Siso
      September 7, 2013 Reply

      Thank YOU! Glad to see another painting lover here :-)

  8. Julie Marah
    September 8, 2013 Reply

    Great tips Adi. I tend to use writing, walking in nature and talking to a friend/colleague if I’m really stuck and having her coach me out of it! Thanks for sharing.

  9. Shana LaFore
    September 9, 2013 Reply

    Really great tips, Adi! #4 and #6 are two of my long time favorites. I’ve been doing a lot more of #3 and #7 this past year and it really makes huge difference!!

  10. Sonja Keller
    September 10, 2013 Reply

    Great tips Adi, I used to do intuitive painting before my children came along – now I don’t have time which is sad, because when I’m in the zone all sorts of wisdom comes to me. I do however practice (and teach) Mindfulness Meditation which is a great help when facing fears, general anxiety or overwhelm. Thanks for your insight x

  11. Nathalie Doremieux
    October 6, 2013 Reply

    Great post Adi! I find great comfort it talking to other entrepreneurs, I feel they know what I’m talking about and sometimes have experienced the same thing as me.

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