Ever felt overwhelmed? HA! Overcome overwhelm with these 3 steps.

My week in pics: My week in pics (clockwise from BL:) Selfies with friends at Women Building Wealth conference, Company of Women planning session, my place being transformed into a movie shoot, delivering a keynote for MDBWA (Midland & District Business Women’s Association (AMAZING group of women! President Shirley in pic below!), enjoying a proud Torontonian moment, flying out to and enjoying day one in Arizona, beautiful morning rowing, Company of Women breakfast, random photo shoot for Colette, more selfies with awesome speakers Deanne Kelleher and Elizabeth George.

Ever felt overwhelmed? HA! Overcome overwhelm with these 3 steps.

Have you ever felt overwhelmed? Yes, perhaps a silly question… as you are a go-getter, a say yes-er, a living BIG type of person. So feeling overwhelmed on occasion, I’m afraid, simply comes with the territory!


It is fun to be busy. Sometimes.

Lord knows I love flying by the seat of my pants. Much of the time.

I thrive on being go-go-go. To an extent.


Even though I do enjoy keeping a full schedule, I am starting to realize I don’t want to be this way ALL of the time. In fact, I am beginning to see I need to slow down, take a step back, and be okay with saying no.

Perhaps you can relate.

On Monday, I experienced a good ol’ case of the overwhelms. It was day one of my eat clean cleanse, and although I had picked up the majority of ingredients I needed for the first week on Sunday evening (trust me to leave it to the last minute!) there were still a few more obscure items left. I woke up with a sore throat, had a list of things-to-do down to my wazoo, and all of a sudden found myself having a bit of a meltdown right there in the middle of Organic Garage.

I always get a little chuckle inside when I have people tell me I’m always so on top of everything. That I must be super organized. That they are in awe of how I do all I do.

HA! If only they knew.

I’m human, after all. And I have my moments, too. Trust me!

At the end of the day, we’re all doing the best we can.

AND, when we’re committed to playing a bigger game, to stepping outside of our comfort zone, to taking action even though we may not feel ‘ready’ ~ moments of overwhelm are bound to happen.


That being said, it is not a hopeless case!

Here are 3 things to do when you feel a bout of overwhelm coming on.


  1. Do a BRAIN DUMP

 Often when I feel there is a lot going on, I like to get it out of my head and onto paper. Write down anything and everything that is taking up mental space. For me, just seeing everything in front of me brings about a bit more calm. And then go through the list, and do the 4Ds: What will you DO, DUMP, DELAY, or DELEGATE?


  1. Call in for Reinforcement!

Sometimes you need support. A helping hand or a friend to help you work through things. That’s where your positive peeps posse comes in handy! And that’s exactly what I did on Monday. And I feel very fortunate this particular person was there to help me through. He asked questions that made me look at what’s going on in a different way, and allowed me to see where my priorities lie. I felt SO much better after the call!


  1. Take a step back, take a breath, take a break.

A sense of overwhelm often comes when we are just in need of a little break. And when we don’t honour that, our mental or physical selves have a way of reminding us! Which often explains mini meltdowns or sickness. I know you know what I’m talking about here. Allow yourself a break, a sleep in, some time off. It’ll do you a world of good.


Feeling overwhelmed? Perhaps you’ve been there before? You’re not alone. We’ve all been there.

Feel a bout of overwhelm coming on? Do a braindump. Get support. Take a step back, a breath, a break. You got this! (Click to tweet it out!)

Youre ready for a bigger game. Overcome overwhelm by taking one small step at a time. 

Have a FAB week!

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Carol Schulte

Carol is a published author, has been featured in numerous magazines and podcasts, and is a returning guest expert on Rogers TV. Having lived and worked in 16 countries including Ashrams in India and vans in New Zealand, rocked dreadlocks in Thailand and shaved her head for breast cancer, she certainly walks her talk and brings a global perspective to all she does. When she’s not traveling or speaking on stage, you can find her volunteering as a bereavement facilitator, training for her next triathlon, or practicing her serious carpool karaoke game.

Reader Interactions


  1. Patrice says

    Hey Carol,

    The same day I was reading your blog (BTW, congratulations for keeping your commitment to blogging for so long!!!), I was listening to a talk from Tara Brasch, where she was quoted Thomas Merton (whom I did not know at the time). The quote literally struck me in the face and I thought like sharing it with you unedited, just the way it was written more than 50 years ago:
    “The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of its innate violence. To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything is to succumb to violence. More than that, it is cooperation in violence.”
    Many hugs.

    • admin says

      Patrice, THANK YOU for sharing your thoughts and this great quote. Wow, it really speaks to how detrimental it can be to overcommit, to surrender to too many demands, to want to help everyone in everything. Good timing, as my theme for November is ‘NO-November…’ allowing myself to say NO to anything that isn’t a ‘HELL YEAH!’, in order to say YES to myself :-).

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