How to be Happy When You’re Overwhelmed

by Rachel Miller

November 5, 2021

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Some days or weeks are busier than others. Some days it feels like there’s too much to do, not enough time–and sometimes it’s true. We’re tired. Going to bed late. Getting up early. Trying to fit it all in–and still, there’s not enough time. We are rushing to complete everything we need to do, all the while, taking more on our already filled plate.

How do you stop the cycle? How do you stop yourself from getting caught up in the demands, the rushing? How do you come down from the stress and overwhelm?


  • Stop for a moment and reflect: What are you doing this for? Who are you doing this for? What matters most here? Is it this thing? Right now? Is this thing essential ?
    • If it’s not: delegate it to another time
    • If it is essential, consider: This role, this responsibility–these people, these things–this is what makes life meaningful. This is what makes life worth living. All these things are the signs, the evidence, of a full life.

  • Days like this happen–and they pass. This is a momentary time of high demands and it will get easier soon. You’ll be able to rest soon. Focus on what is immediately before you. You have more than enough energy for this single task alone. To conquer this moment alone.

  • The more you give, the more you receive. It’s hard to believe—especially, now—but its found in moments just like this: tired, sleep-deprived, yet a quiet joy that lingers beneath the surface. A deep-rooted happiness that is found when you reflect on why you’re doing this in first place. Keep your why close to mind. This is abundant living–really living. Would you have it any other way?


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Comments (1)

  1. Edie Jamieson says:

    Great reminders and advice!! Love the graphics you choose to correlate to your thoughts. ♥️

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