Feeling Overwhelmed


Abraham Lincoln Slide

Feeling Overwhelmed

Feeling overwhelmed is a result of a loss of control or a loss of feeling in control.  When faced with a stressful situation, consider the following:

  • Develop an initial action plan for the most important factors
  • Determine the pros and cons of this plan A
  • Practice or rehearse your action plan or response to remedy the issue
  • Develop a plan B
  • Build your confidence with a pep talk – it’s more effective and less ridiculous than you think
  • Remember past situations where you achieved success over similar adversity
  • Focus on your strengths and skills – imagine your success and not potential failure
  • Share your burden with others who are willing to support you
  • Use a journal to write out your thoughts – your fears and your steps to overcome them
  • Perform physical activity such as visiting a gym or going for a long walk – this will clear your mind and take the edge off
  • Avoid catastrophic thinking
  • After victory, celebrate and reflect on your accomplishment




This series is available free for download in PDF format and includes activities for more engaged learning: Motivation

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