What To Do When You’re Overwhelmed

Kim Speaks Up - In Over My Head - Clouds

Overwhelmed Much…

It’s Wednesday — The middle of the week and you are waiting with bated breath for the weekend hoping that the promise of the weekend can soothe the emotion of ‘too much!” Lately, life seems to be all-consuming and overwhelming and each time you try to come up for air, it seems like the current of worry and anxiety pulls you under.

Kim Speaks Up - When you're Overhelmed

Dear friend, Jesus beckons us to come. His invitation sounds like this:

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” – Matthew 11:28-30

What to Do When You’re Overwhelmed:

  • Pause
  • Evaluate
  • Gain Perspective
  • Seek Truth
  • Put down what is not yours to carry
  • Get Rest
  • Remember the Why behind the What
  • Ask for strength
  • Press Forward

Even the strongest of youth grow weary and need rest. Some circumstances may seem like they will never change but know this:

With an eternal perspective, the duration of your suffering no matter how long will always be temporary.

It is so easy for us to get in over our heads. What was manageable becomes too much and emotions become harder to keep in check. Know that when life seems to be out of control, God is still in control. His faithfulness in the midst of all situations can be trusted.

Kim Speaks Up - God's Eyes are on the Sparrow

There is a song that I heard last Sunday that I cannot seem to get out of my heart. This song speaks to every messed up person in every messy place (that’s all of us). It renders perspective on our situation in the midst of a mighty God.

You see, I am learning that the most appropriate response in the midst of being overwhelmed is to surrender. Surrender does not mean that we give up. Surrender means to give it to One who is strong enough to handle the weight of it all. Surrender is one of the strongest things you can do.

Don’t be afraid. I am with you. Don’t tremble with fear. I am your God. I will make you strong as I protect you with my arm and give you victories... I am holding your hand, so don’t be afraid. I am here to help you. – Isaiah 41:10 & 13

I am reminded that God will keep me when I need to be kept and carry me when I need to be carried. He knows what His children needs. He knows what you need.

We may not know what tomorrow holds, but we do know WHO holds it!

  • I’ve definitely been feeling overwhelmed by my anxiety the last few days, really needed to hear this! Thank you!

    Dani | http://www.DaniDearest.com/

  • As a soon-to-be first time mommy with only a few more weeks before my baby is born, I’ve been hit with anxiety lately like I’ve never experienced! These are great tips – so useful for me right now!

  • Jennifer Priest

    So true! Thanks for sharing this. It is a great reminder to get perspective on things.

  • Such great reminders. It is definitely hard to remember in the hustle of everyday we still need a moment for us. Thank you for sharing these tips.

  • Theresa Beauteeful Living

    Great suggestions on what to do when you’re overwhelmed. I think “pressing forward” is key!

  • I am so glad you wrote this blog post. A reminder take time out for myself. Blogging can be overwhelming at times.

  • Nadeen

    Thank you for sharing these inspiring words as usual. I am in that place right now and too often and will listen to your advice. First I do need to just pause and breathe!

  • What a beautiful song! Love this. Just the encouraging word that I need. Is that scripture in the message version? It’s so practical.

  • Holly

    Amazing words. Thank you for sharing. Sometimes you get to that place and need that reminder.

  • Beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing this. It was really needed

  • Christine St.Vil

    This was such a great reminder. It’s so easy to stay in overwhelm, when we honestly are the ones responsible for getting us to that place. I’ve learned that taking a pause, and removing things from my plate that I have no control over are key.

  • Tara

    Such a powerful post. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and just burdened by daily life, but we have to remember these tips to help us get unstuck!

  • Deidre Harris McMillan

    Great and well needed post! Thanks for sharing and I look forward to more!

  • This weekend I had to take some time away from it all to just recoup and relax. I have been going and going and working and working and overwhelm was definitely trying to rear it’s head. I love how God knows exactly what each of us has need of.

  • This is beautiful. Thank you Kim, so much, for your honest words and encouragement. This is my favorite part: “Put down what is not yours to carry.” Amen!

  • MJ

    I had the most overwhelming weekend with a sick toddler and caring for my newborn. I am so glad that I know the power of prayer and that I had family nearby to help me. Such a great reminder. Faith is a powerful medicine in time of need

  • Julian @BoldFearless1

    This is such a beautiful post Kim. I got calm just being reminded of Jesus’ promises to each and every one of us. We can get so busy “moving and shaking” on our own that we forget to leave room for God to “move and shake” circumstances for our good. Thank you for this important reminder. Love the song too. God bless you in all you do!

  • This is a great read for a Monday. I’ve found myself overwhelmed and confused about my next steps these past few months and this is a great reminder for me to start my week with. God is always with us and when I find myself completely overwhelmed I do remind myself of this. Found the quote about trouble being temporary so encouraging. Thank you for sharing.

  • Needed this! Thank you, thank you, thank you! #BLMGirl