Getting Overwhelmed

Getting Overwhelmed with Life

Wow! Sometimes life seems to bring grief, loss, illness and more to the forefront. In the process we have a tendency to get swept up in the currents of frustration, confusion, helplessness and being overwhelmed. What do you do?

No matter what you do, life has a way of making other plans for you and those in your life. There are those who will try to “fix it”, even though there is nothing that is fixable. There are those who will make someone else’s situation their own and create worry over something that really has nothing to do with them. There is also denial, which works for some people, for a while.

A part of being human is to feel and experience all aspects of life. We are affected mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually to some degree whether we realize or acknowledge this or not.

Life, what do you do when life becomes too much to handle; panic, play the blame game, run away from your problems or concerns or taking even more drastic measures? None of these options are constructive or positive ways of coping.

Coping mechanisms or tools seem to be innate for some people while others seem to sink under pressure. Seeking help from organizations such as The Canadian Mental Health Association or finding a counsellor to speak with does not mean an individual is weak or incapable of dealing with their “stuff”. Quite the contrary, seeking help means you are overwhelmed for whatever reason and know it.

All the best.,

Barbara Gillett Saunders

Grief Counsellor/Thanatologist