How to stop feeling overwhelmed? How do you eat an elephant?
Got a lot on your plate? Then why consider eating an elephant – confused…..well let me explain.
Have you heard the joke How do you eat an elephant? …..One bite at a time!
It maybe a kids joke but it also is a good way of approaching day-to-day challenges, when you don’t know where, or how to start.
The elephant can take on any form you like it can be a messy house, a work project, moving home, in fact anything which leaves you feeling overwhelmed or stressed.
Another really excellent thing about adopting the Elephant approach is that even young kids respond well to this visual metaphor.
When we look at anything in its entirety it often feels too much to tackle, so we then put off doing the said task, which then adds to the stress.
But thinking Elephants and one bite at a time, instantly it becomes more manageable Writing the “bites” down can also lighten the load, and gives us a strategy to follow.
On a personal level likening the problem to an elephant gives me a sense of perspective and adds humour to the situation.
So next time you are feeling overwhelmed and not quite sure where to start, remember to say to yourself. How do you eat an Elephant? One bite at a time