How to Prevent Feeling Overwhelmed

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I am not sure about you, but this Summer has been packed full of work, events, exciting moments, and personal challenges. It is easy to feel overwhelmed by constant change, long lists of things to do, and commitments. I recently learned these three easy tricks to relieve some of that stress. Keep reading!

A Little Backstory

If you haven’t already guessed, I am a more of a perfectionist than I’d like to admit. I sway towards wanting to have everything together, neat, orderly, and perfect before letting go and moving onto the next task. The problem here is,Β I feel overwhelmed by my growing to do list because I want to get everything done typically in one day and at my level of perfection.

In short, that isn’t a very practical expectation. Life isn’t perfect. Things aren’t always going to go as planned, and trying to finalize every detail before moving to the next is really time-consuming.

This is what helps me feel less burden and actually enjoy the moment.

Not Everything Will Get Done Today

Repeating this small reminder helps drastically. Knowing it is OKAY to not get everything done in one day takes a bulk of the pressure off. I understand there are deadlines and time restraints, but the majority of tasks can be pushed to another time. Eventually, it will all get done, like it always has. Taking the pressure to complete it in a short time frame will help relieve any overwhelming feelings.

Factor In Life

This one is big. Life happens. Traffic happens, being sick happens, personal challenges happen. Factor those things into the picture. If you aren’t able to complete a task because you aren’t feeling 100% or if the trains are so delayed you miss two hours of your work day, factor that in! We can’t control those things and aren’t expected to be super heroes and push through circumstances out of ourΒ hands. Taking that responsibility to be perfect despite imperfect situations off our shoulders is a game changer in relieving stress.

Enjoy What’s In Front Of You

This is key. What’s the point of rushing through tasks and life and not enjoying it? Take a moment to pause and really appreciate what’s in front of you. What errand are you running? Take a moment to be grateful you get to run that errand. Make the activity fun for yourself! Play music at work, or take a break between task. Enjoy the moment and the journey to the best of your ability. Watch that stress melt away!

Do you have any tips or suggestions to prevent feeling overwhelmed? Let me and other readers know in the comments below! Let’s help each other out. XO!


  1. I find that taking a moment to focus on my breathing, close my eyes and start a short meditation by just being aware of my breath and taking a long slow inhale and exhale helps. I recommend it to anyone when they are feeling stressed and overwhelmed. It can also help with clarity of the mind and focus.

  2. Really love your point about factoring in life! I think sometimes we can forget that we really can’t control everything, and that general ‘life things’ will come along and change our course every now and again! Lovely post πŸ™‚

  3. Great tips you put together, especially the part about not getting everything done in one day. This is one of the main frustrations that we might have especially when it comes to work! Putting too much unnecessary pressure on one’s self!

    Jessica |

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