Feeling overcommitted, and therefore overwhelmed, is a common problem and one I struggle with off and on. Sometimes people are totally incapable of saying no to the requests of others or limiting the number of activities that they schedule into a day. Sometimes it might seem rude to say no because the person asking you to do something has done so much for you in the past. You might see it as a golden opportunity and you are fearful that you might not get the opportunity ever again, so you need to jump on it now. Guilt is often a strong factor as well. Tapping can help you gain clarity about the problem and can bring relief.
Say this problem statement aloud, “I am overcommitted. There are way too many demands on my time.” Rate the intensity on the 0-10 point scale and record your rating.
Setup (karate chop point) – Even though I am overcommitted and there are way too many demands on my time, I know in my heart that I am a good person, with or without all of these commitments. Even though I am overcommitted, and the stress of too many things to do is getting to me, I choose to remember that I can stop any of them at any time. Even though I am overcommitted, and I don’t know how to limit the demands on my time, I deeply and completely love and accept myself and all of my reasons for getting into this situation.
Eyebrow…I am overcommitted
Side of Eye…Every minute of my day seems scheduled and full
Under the Eye…There isn’t any time for me
Under the Nose…There isn’t any time for anything unplanned or unexpected
Chin…I have said yes to so many things
Collarbone…But they seemed like a good idea at the time
Under the Arm…Now I don’t know what to do about it all
Top of Head…And I really feel like I need a break
Eyebrow…I don’t want to disappoint others by saying no
Side of Eye…I don’t want to miss out on opportunities
Under the Eye…There really are a lot of things I need to do
Under the Nose…There really are a lot of things I want to do
Chin…I am open to clarity about my need to schedule so many things
Collarbone…I am open to understanding what it would take to make me feel better right now
Under the Arm…So I can move forward to health and happiness
Top of Head…I am looking forward to making choices that are good for me.
Take a deep breath and let it out. Check the intensity of your original problem statement, “I am overcommitted. There are too many demands on my time.” Record your new rating. This is a tapping that often brings up additional thoughts, feelings, or memories. Be sure to write them down and continue tapping with them until your intensity rating is very low.
Want more tapping ideas? Check out Tap It Away: 10 Minutes to Freedom With EFT.