Amy Rees Anderson

Advice For The Overwhelmed

Today was one of those days where when it comes to an end you just want to curl up in a ball and cry because you’ve had one thing after another pile on you so fast and furious you don’t even feel like you have time to breathe, let alone catch a potty break or eat anything, yet you still you feel like you haven’t even touched the mounds of work you were actually supposed to get done today, and you know that tomorrow there is an entirely new list of things you need to do, and all you can do is wonder how in the world you will ever get it all done?

As I sat down to start writing my blog tonight I decided to search the word “overwhelmed” to see what past advice I had written in hopes my past-self could give my current-self a little advice that would help me feel better before I began writing.  It brought up a blog I’d written back in 2013 that was EXACTLY the reminder I needed to have tonight – I’m just bugged current me didn’t think of this on her own!  Here’s what I’d written:

“First I want to make it clear that I wholeheartedly believe that prays are answered.  I know that because it has happened over and over again in my life.   But for some reason I tend to be a person that only prays for the help on the bigger things in life.  I pray for the safety of my children, the health of my family, and major things like that, but the truth is that more often than not I totally forget to pray for help on the little things.  I suppose I feel that God is busy enough and I shouldn’t be bothering Him with things like helping me find the right subcontractor to do my tile in my new house, or helping me get through the endless unread emails in my inbox.  But maybe my thinking is wrong on that – Maybe it’s okay to bring God these things that seem little in the big scheme of life, but that are big things to me today.  I suppose if these millions of little things are causing me to be discouraged and feel depressed then maybe they aren’t so little, and maybe God would want me to bring them to Him so he could help me handle them.   After all as parent I would certainly want my child to bring me their struggles, no matter how small, so I could do what I could to help them – so wouldn’t it stand to reason that God, as our Father, wouldn’t want us to bring him our struggles, even when they are small, so that he could help us?            …I guess the bottom line is that it certainly won’t hurt to try praying for help on all the little things I need to get done. So I am going to put the “independent me” in her place tonight, get down on my knees, and ask for His help to handle all that I need to get done, even the little things.   And if any of you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed out or worried like me, I would suggest you put aside the “independent you” and give prayer a try as well.  Then you will know that you are not the only one…”

~Amy Rees Anderson (you can purchase a copy of my new book here: “What AWESOME Looks Like: How To Excel In Business & Life“)

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