4 Things You Can Do When You Feel Overwhelmed


When I feel overwhelmed everything that is overwhelming me feels immediate urgent and vitally important. It is as if my fight or flight response has kicked in. Sometimes that is true of the situation but at other times my overwhelm is making everything feel more urgent and important than they really are.

Stop (just for a minute)

A lot of my coaching clients tell me that they tackle feeling overwhelmed by trying to get organised, multi-task and prepared to how they feel. As I said earlier, I have felt the exact same way. In the past, I tried my best to get organised and get ahead in order to create a little breathing space for myself in the future. This never worked and I usually ended up more overwhelmed but also exhausted on top of everything.

Show Yourself Compassion

Everyone feels overwhelmed at some point. Sometimes we fall into the trap of thinking that we are not strong or resilient when we feeling overwhelmed. We think how we feel is about us and our faults. We make our overwhelm a personal problem. How you feel is a natural reaction to your situation. Don’t give yourself a hard time by telling yourself to pull yourself together or dismiss your feelings as irrational or silly. Everyone feels overwhelmed from times so you are not weak or lacking for feeling overwhelmed.

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A Little Reminder

When I read Untamed by Glennon Doyle I found a new affirmation for my overwhelmed days. In untamed, Glennon says “we can do hard things”. this resonated with my stressed and overwhelmed self so much. When I feel overwhelmed it feels like I am not capable of the challenges ahead of me. I feel like I am failing or headed towards failure. Reminding myself that I can do hard things is a little reminder that just because something feels overwhelming it doesn’t mean that I cannot overcome it.

When you Feel Overwhelmed

When we feel overwhelmed it can be hard to know what to do. Many of us like to try to work longer and harder to try and get to the other side of the problem. Others like to run and hide and avoid whatever feels overwhelming till it goes away. These are understandable responses Yet, Ive learned that has been the most helpful aren’t the ones that immediately come to my mind.

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Lynne McLean Brown

Lynne McLean Brown

Caffeine addict, mum of two, aerialist, yogi, traveller, wife, stationery horder, baker, life coach and writer at www.lynnemcleanbrown.com