The Surprisingly Simple Habit That Stop Feeling Overwhelmed

A powerful and fast way to feel better and gain clarity

Frank Elda
3 min readApr 7, 2022


I have a black belt in Kung-Fu. I am not kidding.

I don’t say that to brag (I am a bit rusty, to be honest), but because I lived many insightful experiences on my journey.

One of these was to fight with my teacher.

He is super fast and flexible and kicks you in the head as fast as with his fists. Impressive.

So when I had the honour to fight with him, I experienced a technique that I have heard about several times in the martial arts world: confuse your enemy.

I was getting hit in so many directions and so fast that it felt like being hit by a storm of meteorites. My brain was getting confused, and I couldn’t do anything structured. Only random movements like a puppet manipulated by a drunk marionettist.

What is the link between kung-fu fighting and you feeling overwhelmed?

We are constantly exposed to information through many media and social apps. We are not always aware of the effect on how we feel.

Like the fists and kicks of my kung-fu teacher, our brains are hit by this endless flow of information coming from a lot of directions. Thus, our brain gets confused.

The worse is that when we feel insecure and confused, we seek even more information. An infernal loop we struggle to escape.

We feel we absolutely need to learn this ultimate thing that seemed appealing (thanks, clickbaity titles!).

The simple habit that reduces confusion

It is so simple that we will call it a scam and bounce back to read something that will help you. But trust me, that’s all you need.

You need to cultivate the habit of making space for silence in your life.

I told you that it was elementary. But, simple doesn’t mean easy.

Try this. Close your eyes and try to make some silence in your mind. At least for 30 seconds.

I will wait for you :)



Frank Elda

Writer, creative entrepreneur, in mission to help you to build a lifestyle of freedom. Start here 👉👉👉