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What to Do When You Just Can’t Do it Anymore

by Rebecca Livermore

There are times in life when you simply hit a wall and just can’t keep going. We’ve all had those times, and we have no or very little control over the timing of them.  Even worse, those times come when we least expect them, and they never seem to happen at a convenient time.

So what do you do when you hit the wall and feel like you just can’t handle what life is dishing out?


Okay, coming to a complete stop may be a little drastic, but you need to, at the very least, pause.



And while you’re resting and recharging, ask for help.

There’s no shame in needing help, and there is no shame in asking for help.

In fact, asking for help is a sign of strength, not a sign of weakness as some people might think.

Chances are, when you admit you are in a tough time, very few, if any people will have an issue with you admitting that. And those who do are probably not the best people to hold to very closely, so do your best not to worry about what they think of you.

Now having said that, while it’s important to stop, or at least pause when you are in true need of a break, it is equally important to have a reentry plan.

Give your break a time frame, and have plans in place to step back into the game as soon as you can do so and still remain healthy. If you stay out of the game too long, you lose momentum and may even go backwards.

You may also slip into depression if you’re not careful, so set boundaries around your needed time off and be accountable to someone who can help you stay on track with jumping back in when the timing is right.

An alternative to stopping is slowing down, again only for a season.

I’ve actually found myself, in the couple of weeks, needing to cut back on some of my commitments –temporarily.

For instance, instead of writing my typical 2 blog posts per week for my blog, I cut back to 1 for a couple of weeks.

And my social media presence has been noticeably missing, or at least very thin.

The reason is that one of my clients had a product launch which required mega hours on my part, and the very same week as the product launch was when a project I committed to for another client just happened to start.

Exhaustion hit me, and a bit of overwhelm, too.

And while I didn’t feel like I could really stop, I could slow down. . . for just a little bit.

So slow down I did.

Was my blog impacted negatively as a result of slowing down? To be honest, yes it was. The traffic is lower than normal, as are the comments.

But the negative impact was minimal since I kept moving, albeit at a slower than usual pace.

And I’ve kept my sanity, and my health, both of which I may have lost had I not slowed down for a couple of weeks.

So what about you? What do you do when life just seems to be too much? Have you found a healthy way to cope with overwhelm? I’d love to hear your strategies to not just cope, but to thrive, during seasons of life where it all gets to be too much. Share your thoughts in the comment section below. 

About Rebecca Livermore

Rebecca Livermore is a blogger and virtual assistant with a specialty in social media and content marketing.

Visit her blog at Professional Content Creation and follow her on Twitter  and Facebook, or check out her free eCourse, 5 Secrets to Developing the Blogging Habit, if you need help blogging consistently.


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