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The age of overwhelm : strategies for the long haul
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In ways big and small, we are all responsible for contributing to systemic change where change is due. There is plenty of heavy lifting to be done. But to contribute effectively--to have a foundation to manage that at all--we must tend to our own selves in parallel. We simply can't contribute skillfully and do our best work out in the world if we aren't also taking care of the place where we have the most agency, authority, and capacity to change- Within ourselves.<br> <br> It is indescribably powerful and dignity-preserving to focus on what one can do instead of what one can't do. Overwhelmed shows us how to pay attention to what's in our individual control and what's in our collective control, and how to tend to both of these realities--practically--in such a way as to mitigate harm, cultivate our ability to be decent and equitable, and to act with integrity. Written with compassion for people short on time, resources, and capacity, Overwhelmed offers a "less is more" framework to help ease the burden of overwhelm, restore our perspective, and give us strength to navigate what is yet to come.
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Forewordp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Finding a way throughp. 3
Responding with intentionp. 8
1What Does Overwhelm Look Like?p. 15
Personal overwhelmp. 16
Relationships and family overwhelmp. 20
Community and society overwhelmp. 22
2What Causes Overwhelm?p. 27
External and internal forcesp. 28
Our commitmentsp. 40
Environmentp. 47
3A Way Through: When Less Is Morep. 53
Metabolizing exposurep. 54
Relieving saturationp. 55
Acknowledging potential barriersp. 57
When less is morep. 60
4Less Distraction, More Intentionp. 65
5Disconnect Less, Be Present Morep. 89
6Less Attachment, More Curiosityp. 103
7Less Depletion, More Staminap. 119
8When to Step Awayp. 143
Make informed choicesp. 143
Question whether and how to remainp. 147
Conclusionp. 153
Notesp. 157
Indexp. 173
About The Authorp. 181
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