I Feel Overwhelmed, What Should I Do?

expectations-starting-businessI feel overwhelmed right now so I decided to tell you how I plan to not let the feeling of being overwhelmed get me down.  I am compelled to write this because I believe that sharing my story will help you as well as inspire you to not give up.

I Feel Overwhelmed, Here’s Why

I feel overwhelmed because I am starting a new business and I have a lot of business related tasks that I need to do.

How do I do it, when do I do it, where do I do it, and what do I do?  All these questions are running through my mind which brought on the feeling of being overwhelmed.  It’s too much for my brain hold.

These questions got me down and I started having doubts about my purpose in life.  A very close friend once said, “The love of your work will keep you going even when you feel like giving up.” 

I rarely get headaches, but I notice that when I am overwhelmed and stressed the headaches magically appear.  I guess it’s my body’s way of telling me to give my brain a break and to stop pushing myself so hard.  Guess, I need to listen.

Feeling Overwhelmed, Here’s What You Should Do

  1. Pray.
  2. Take a break.
  3. Relax.
  4. Deep breathe.
  5. Meditate or have quiet time.
  6. Go for a walk.
  7. Don’t worry.
  8. Trust that you are doing the right thing.
  9. Confide in someone you trust.
  10. Don’t be in a hurry.
  11. Don’t put unnecessary pressure on yourself.
  12. Break bigger jobs into smaller jobs.
  13. Don’t compare yourself to others.
  14. Follow your heart.

Final Words

I feel better after writing this post.  My headache is almost gone which is a sign that writing is good therapy. 

The next time you feel overwhelmed or if you ever feel like giving up, say to yourself, “It doesn’t matter what it looks like,  I will never give up and my change is on the way.”

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Evelyn Parham started this site in 2010. She enjoys writing, reading, and dabbling in photography and video editing. Learn more about her here.

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  1. Mother says:

    Love all of your suggestions. I’ll just add that sometimes being overwhelmed paralyzes me and I stop functioning. After following a few of your steps I take one small, manageable item from the myriad things that need doing. If I can accomplish this one small thing it gives me the incentive to choose another task. Accomplishments – even tiny ones – seem to break the bonds of overwhelm.

  2. Evelyn, this is a great article and I know it will bless many! Number 1 is my favorite! Thank you for sharing.

  3. First, I’m going to pick on you because you need someone to do it; it might make you laugh for a quick moment. For #5 I think you meant “meditate”, although we certainly could use more mediation in our lives. lol

    Second, I would never do #1, heathen that I am.

    After that… I know what you’re going through. I’m now close to 14 years on my own and overwhelm is always there when I’m not fully engaged. All the steps above are good ones. I’d add two things to the list: music and books. Sometimes I just need to pop on some tunes to change my mood, and sometimes I need to do some reading for the same reason.

    Good luck, and remember that you’re not alone out here. 🙂

    • Hey Mitch! Got #5 covered. It’s always great to have an extra pair of eyes. 🙂

      I love books and music and I appreciate you adding to the list.

      Thanks for your support and have a great weekend!

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