Three Things to Do When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed


Feeling overwhelmed is a pretty common occurrence for most adults these days. Between 24/7 technology and increasingly busy lifestyles, we rarely have time to come up for air. In fact, a recent Barna study found that over half of the men and women surveyed felt physically or mentally overwhelmed in the last 30 days.

But some of this actually is in our control. If we choose to participate in limitless social media, engage in after-hours emails, and overcommit our time, then we can also choose not to. It’s up to us to change what have actually become bad habits in an effort to restore our lives and experience a more meaningful existence.

An article on Relevant by Frank Powell offers some suggestions for how to combat that all-too-familiar feeling of being overwhelmed. Here are three to get you started.

1. Disconnect from trivial matters so that you can connect with what really matters.

In the words of Paul in Philippians 4:6-7: “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.”

Some people spend a lifetime looking for peace. They seek out ways to manufacture peace and happiness. But according to the Bible, peace is ours to find in prayer. So instead of looking for ways to buy or create peace, try disconnecting. Give the likes, posts and tweets a rest. Instead, focus on a true, meaningful and restorative connection to God.

2. Make yourself a priority when you need to.

In order to be your best self — whether that means the best parent, spouse, colleague, student, etc. — you must invest in yourself and put yourself first some of the time. While much of your life might and should be spent focused on others’ needs, if you neglect yourself too much you won’t have the energy or motivation to serve others at your fullest capacity.

Remember to nourish yourself. Do what restores you and fills your soul. It may be study, prayer, exercise, nature — whatever it is, don’t forget to make time for it so that you can live your best life and serve others well in God’s name.

3. Live with intention and be present.

It takes effort to live in the present and give the tasks and people in front of you your full attention. We have multiple distractions vying for our attention almost every waking moment. A constant connection to newsfeeds and emails means we are never truly present anywhere. But by focusing on the here and now, you will live a more intentional and meaningful life; you will feel more grounded, productive and peaceful; and ultimately, you will shed that heavy feeling of being overwhelmed.

Life can be overwhelming. It’s up to us to do what we can to rein that in and get control so that we are able to live our best lives. At Spring Arbor University Online, you have the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience that could propel you into a more fulfilling, productive and lucrative career, and we offer support every step of the way.

Every student is assigned to a Student Success Advisor who serves as a personal concierge, making sure you have the tools you need to graduate and ultimately reach your professional goals. For more information, contact us now at 1.844.621.0900.