What To Do When You Are Feeling Overwhelmed

Life can be messy and overwhelming at times.  Juggling the demands of a family, home, and work is never easy, but there are times in particular where it all can just become totally overwhelming.  If you are feeling overwhelmed right now here are 4 suggestions to help you figure out what to do.

Accept it for What it Is

There are certain situations in life that are just going to be overwhelming.  Having a new baby, starting a new job, moving to a new house or town.  So the first thing to do is just accept that you are going through an experience that can be overwhelming right now and try accepting it for what it is.  Do what you can to keep the situation manageable (i.e. stay organized, don’t procrastinate, get enough sleep), but in the end just keeping it all in perspective and knowing that it won’t be forever is the best thing to do.

Just focus on the One Next Thing

Big projects or problems can feel overwhelming.   Projects or problems in which you aren’t necessarily sure where to start.  So to make big projects and problems feel a little smaller, rather than focusing on the big picture, just focus on that one next thing you have to do in order to move the project forward or resolve the problem.

For example, if you are cleaning out a closet that hasn’t been cleaned out in years, start with just going through the clothes and donating anything you no longer wear.  Or if your child is struggling in school and you’re not sure how to fix it, that one next thing may be just talking to his teacher.

Don’t get bogged down in trying to have all the answers and next steps.  Just focus on that one next thing.

Take Breaks from the Situation

Sometimes the best thing to do is just walk away for a while and give yourself a break and some perspective.  When you are in the middle of an overwhelming situation, it is really hard to see things clearly.  Sometimes all you need is a walk to clear your head or at other times you will need breaks of days or weeks.

Try to Pinpoint the Cause

Understanding where that feeling of overwhelm is coming from will help you understand how to fix it.  Did you take on too much?  Are you trying to control it all?  Are you trying to make everything perfect?  Once you know the cause you can better address the fix.

Good luck!