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What To Do When You Feel Overwhelmed

Most people experience times when they feel overwhelmed with life issues or workplace pressures. It might be a deadline that is drawing close, 300 emails to read, the project falling apart, a line of people waiting impatiently to see you or at home, it may be a baby that hasn’t stopped screaming for days. In these situations it is easy to feel that it is all too much, but thankfully, the feeling of being overwhelmed is only temporary as life settles down when these pressures ease.

However, what if “feeling overwhelmed” is a regular or constant part of your experience at work or in life in general? In this series of emails I will be looking at some practical changes you can make that will hopefully ease the pressure of your workload or how you respond to it.

Feeling overwhelmed on an ongoing basis is not good for your health and overall well-being. It can also lead to interpersonal issues as we can resent others, become overly critical and emotionally snappy.

The bad news: If you are struggling in an ongoing way then it is unlikely that things will change for the better unless you or someone else does something about it. It’s the old saying: “Nothing changes if nothing changes.”

The good news: If you come to understand the pressures that you are under and have some better ways of coping, then you can make a difference in how you feel.

You can start making changes today. Let’s start by asking a couple of questions:

How often do you feel overwhelmed with the workload and pressures in your job or in your life in general?

1                 2                 3                 4                 5

never                   sometimes            most of the time

What is it about yourself, your job or present life circumstances that contribute to you feeling this way? (e.g not skilled enough, too many tasks.)

Steve Bagi

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