Like many of you I often find myself struggling to stay afloat. Sometimes it feels like there’s so many things going on, so many things requiring my attention, that I simply cannot make it anymore. I feel as though I’m sinking. One of the things that I have found which encourages me during those moments is to take a step back, to look at the big picture, and to try and put things in perspective.

Granted, sometimes that’s much harder to do than other times. Sometimes just the very act of trying to look around only makes me feel as though I’m sinking deeper. When that happens I found another solution which has worked well for me in the past. I looked down. I look below me at what lies even further down. That sounds mighty depressing doesn’t it? But the truth is, for most of us, things really could get worse. I know it sounds morose. But I found that this helps me to put things into perspective even when I feel that I cannot.

The last thing I found which helps when I’m feeling overwhelmed is to talk to someone else. Seek out someone, a close friend, someone you can trust, and open up to them. Start by telling them you’re not looking for an answer, or solution. Let them know you simply would like their listening ear. And then be bold enough to share. You’ll find, as I do, that it helps to say things out loud. And you’re really not sinking as badly as you thought.