You've been blindsided
Or perhaps you're overloaded by everything that's been piling up on you:
Regardless of the cause, the result is always the same: you get swept into the depths of the emotion ocean.
Where you feel completely overwhelmed by the external circumstances swirling around you and the turmoil within your own heart.
Maybe you scold yourself: I should be able to handle things better than this by now! (Which only makes you feel all the more overwhelmed.)
But just because you always react this way doesn't mean it's the only way.
Overwhelm is neither inevitable nor unavoidable.
You can learn a new way.
Imagine knowing how to intentionally...
... respond to challenges with Biblically-based strategies.
... train your brain to reach for Truth to quiet your heart.
... bypass overwhelm by ANCHORing yourself in God's word.
... rely on Jesus to be the Strength of your tender heart.
Overwhelm may be your natural reaction, but it's not your only option.
You can learn to quickly calm your overwhelmed heart!
I have spent SO many LONG years of being stuck in overwhelm! Thank you, Cheri, for getting me ... and focusing my attention on the God who truly gets me! — PW
Growing up, I was an easily-overwhelmed, highly-reactive child. I heard the same words, over and over again:
I took these messages to heart, believing that something was very wrong with me.
As an adult, determined to find and fix my defects, I bought and devoured the self-help shelves of Barnes & Noble. Attended church and Bible study religiously. Sat in the front row taking copious notes at workshops, seminars, and retreats. But no matter how hard I tried, I remained as easily-overwhelmed and highly-reactive as ever.
Discovering that who I am is well within bounds for a Highly Sensitive Person has changed everything.
Now that I’ve quit trying to be like everyone else, I'm enjoying new-found freedoms.
And as I rely on Jesus to be the Strength of my tender heart, I'm finding contentment, confidence, and unexpected joy.
I'm the founder of Sensitive and Strong: the place where the HSP Christian woman finds community.
With Kathi Lipp, I'm the co-author of Overwhelmed: How to Quiet the Chaos and Restore Your Sanity and You Don't Have to Try So Hard: 12 Lessons in Becoming Your Own Kind of Brave.
With Amy Carroll, I'm the co-host of Grit 'n' Grace: Good Girls Breaking Bad Rules, the podcast for HSPs as well as reforming perfectionists and people-pleasers.
I've spent over a quarter-of-a-century as an English teacher (but please don't hold that against me!) and now split my work hours between my roles as author, speaker, researcher, and writing coach.
My favorite work role by far is collaborator, and I'm delighted to be on this journey with you!
"I don't what to say except, 'thank you!' For the FIRST TIME EVER you are someone I can relate to." — SS
"Thank you! I am learning for the first time in my life of 70 years about the truthfulness of the Highly Sensitive Person! Most of my life I felt my sensitivity was a negative part of my being, a result of me 'taking things too personally.' What joy, freedom, and affirmation I feel in who I truly am!" — HT