Emotional Overwhelm

Flower essence support for feeling inundated

emotional overwhelm

  1. the state of being inundated or overloaded by too many emotions at once
  2. feeling that your emotions are too strong or overpowering
  3. inability to find balance between your mind, your physical body and your feelings

Who hasn’t ever been emotionally overwhelmed? Whether due to a fast-paced life, after a relationship break-up, during one of those times when everything seems to happen all at once, or during a quiet time of healing, experiencing emotional overwhelm is inevitable from time to time.

There are many reasons why you may become emotionally overwhelmed, but how can you help yourself when you do? Is there a way to calm yourself down enough so that you can sort through what you are feeling and make sense of it all? In the midst of healing, is there a way to step down the intensity of feelings so that you can process and release them more easily?

Following is a look at desert flower essences that can change emotional overwhelm into emotional care and acceptance.

Pure Overwhelm

The essence of choice for all situations in which you feel overwhelmed is Crisis – Desert Emergency Formula. This flower essence brings you into the present moment where, just for that moment, peace can reside.

Very often, emotional overwhelm is about feeling afraid of something that might happen in the future or something that happened in the past. Crisis – Desert Emergency Formula brings you into the present moment where neither the past nor the future reside. From this place of presence, you can calm into your natural state of simple being. Your breath slows, objectivity is enhanced and you can simply be.

An Emotionally Tossed Salad

Whatever the cause, it is not uncommon sometimes to feel like an emotionally tossed salad. Events may be happening so quickly that you do not have enough time to process something emotionally before you are in the thick of another emotionally big event.

Emotional Awareness Formula can help you identify and process your feelings more quickly and efficiently. The formula helps you untangle multiple feelings from each other, easily recognize what you are feeling, and then simply feel the feelings.

Over-reactivity

A common type of emotional overwhelm happens when something in the present triggers an old, unresolved emotion to be suddenly expressed, usually with intensity. It’s when you “get your buttons pushed” by someone or something. Whatever the real feeling is about, it is pretty clear that it wasn’t the situation you are presently experiencing and you may feel victimized by these sudden intense feelings that erupt unbidden.

Ocotillo flower essence is a wonderful support when this happens.

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As a flower essence, Ocotillo has a profound effect for those who feel victimized by their feelings. We often find ourselves reacting emotionally to situations rather than responding to them. Unconscious or subconscious feelings can erupt, leaving us feeling powerless and confused. We wonder, “Why am I reacting in this way? Why are my reactions so intense?”
Events happen in our lives which we may not be prepared emotionally to handle. If we do not have emotional support to deal with them, we suppress them. The feelings do not go away; they just go into hiding. At another time in our lives, a situation will arise in which we find ourselves having reactions that don’t seem to match our present experience.

Ocotillo can give you calm objectivity so you can see where the feeling really came from, feel it so it no longer has power over you, and move on. It helps you stop feeling like a victim of sudden emotional eruptions and own your power of emotional self-care.

Overwhelmed by Grief

Grieving the loss of a loved one can become emotionally overwhelming. Grief is often a process that pulls you under and you may fear not coming out again. I liken grief to an ocean wave: it pulls you under and you may fight to come back up, but if you give yourself to its undertow, it will spit you back out again. Then another wave will come and pull you under again. The process may continue on and on and you can never tell when it will end.

The amazing thing about grief is that once you begin feeling it, other instances in your life that provoked grief will probably arise and you will be grieving more than what originally started the process.

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Many of us have different experiences with grief: some may fear it; others are uncomfortable; and still others simply try to avoid it. Wolfberry flower essence is a great support to help you give yourself to the feelings of grief. It can help you find how grief can become a transpersonal experience. I have always felt that we are never closer to the Creator than when we give ourselves to grief. The divine presence seems to be so close when we grieve. Wolfberry can help you have this experience so you can give yourself more fully to the grieving process.

Deep Healing Overwhelm

During a deep healing process you may find a myriad of feelings that suddenly arise all at once. Old feelings that were repressed find their way to the light of day and you may be overwhelmed by all of them at once. Its as if they all clamor to be release all at once. Violet Curls flower essence can help line up the feelings so you can deal with them one by one.

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It relieves congestion in your emotional body so that your mind and physical body can align and processing is easier. It uplifts and lightened your mood so that you don’t take everything so seriously. Yes, you are releasing feelings that have been repressed, but it doesn’t have to be so solemn an experience.

Emotional Over-zealousness

At certain times in your life you may find that you are living life intensely through your feeling nature with less focus on your physical or intellectual senses. Or, perhaps you are a person who pretty much always has your life defined by your feelings.

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Melon Loco is the flower essence to use for chronic emotional overwhelm. Those who tend to feel everything so intensely may have what I like to call a larger than life emotional body. These folks experience everything mainly from their emotions and tend to be somewhat disconnected with their physical and intellectual bodies.

Melon Loco is the flower essence that steps down the intensity of the emotions so that your awareness of rational thinking and physical awareness become welcomed partners in the overall experience of life.

Sometimes, when you go through longer periods of processing old emotions on a healing journey you may experience the Melon Loco pattern of imbalance, even if you are not normally that way. When you have a lot of old emotions to release and you give yourself permission to begin, your awareness becomes fixated on allowing emotional expression and it can be difficult to shut it off when socially appropriate to do so. Melon Loco can help you find the most appropriate way, according to the situation, to express your feelings in a way that does not scare or inappropriately affect others around you.

Selecting the Most Appropriate Flower Essences

Not every flower essence mentioned above will be appropriate for every person’s specific needs. Different people have different issues. Usually, careful self-examination can clearly show you which of the above flower essences are most appropriate for you.

Though you can use more than one flower essence together, you probably will not need to use all of the ones mentioned here. After contemplating your relationship to this issue, select the flower essences that apply for you, or use an intuitive method to select among them. (For more information on how to do this, see The Art & Technique of Using Flower Essences.) A general guideline is to use four drops at a time, four times a day, in water. However, it is fine to follow your intuition and use them as often as you like. Most people find that they tend to use them more often in the beginning and less often towards the end of the cycle. Unless otherwise indicated, a cycle is usually two to four weeks. [more]

For information on how to clearly evaluate the effects of the essences you have used, see The Art & Technique of Using Flower Essences.

Recommended Flower Essences

Crisis-Desert Emergency Formula
brings you into the present moment, where calm and objectivity enhance simple being
Emotional Awareness Formula
feeling like an emotional tossed salad and unable to sort out what you are feeling
Melon Loco
for those who live too much in their emotions; emotional overzealousness; addicted to drama
Ocotillo
emotionally reactive; intense emotional eruptions that are sourced in something from the past and not from a present situation
Violet Curls
old repressed feelings arise and clamor to be processed all at once
Wolfberry
overwhelmed by grief; fear of never coming out of grief