How to Beat Overwhelm as A Parent

Life is not always an easy thing to navigate, and sometimes it can feel utterly overwhelming. When you’re a parent, this issue is one that can easily transfer itself to your children, making them feel anxious and worried too. Many parents simply try to hide the fact they’re feeling overwhelmed so as not to concern their children, but this isn’t actually helpful. All this does is force the feelings deeper down, meaning they’ll need to come out in other ways which might be lashing out in anger or withdrawing completely, and neither of these behaviors is good for your children to be around either.


It is best to deal with you overwhelm and, as far as possible, beat it. If you can do this, not only will your own life improve, but you will help your children too. Read on to get some useful tips on how to beat overwhelm but remember; if nothing is helping and you’re feeling worse, seek a doctor’s help.


Make A-List

We all have a lot of things to do, and the more there is to do the more frustrated and stressed we get. Even the most important tasks can be forgotten as additional jobs get added to your brain. You tell yourself you’ll remember to do everything you need to do, only to find that, just as you’re finally getting to sleep, you think of something else that is urgent and that you didn’t think to do. Panic sets in and sleep is impossible.


If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone. This form of overwhelm can cause many sleepless nights. Yet there is a simple solution; you just need to make a list. The list should contain everything that needs to be done, even the smallest things that don’t seem important (but that will worry you if you don’t do them) and the largest things that you’re sure you won’t forget such as getting details from for funeral planning or starting work on your next big project for a client.


When everything is written down, even if it is a very long list, your mind will be clearer, and you can focus on one thing at a time, reducing your feelings of overwhelm significantly.



The list is the first step, and without it, you won’t be able to do much more to beat the overwhelm you might be feeling. That’s because, once you have the list, you need to re-write it in order of priority. Not only will this remove any last traces of overwhelm because you’ll know what the most urgent and important tasks are and you’ll know to get them done first, but you’ll also be able to add deadlines to those tasks to help you plan ahead.


Some of the items on the list might even be removed altogether, or at least have no particular date attached to them, and this can be a rather freeing feeling that can help just as much. Of course, don’t leave everything on your list like that or you’ll feel overwhelmed again because you won’t know where to start.



Delegation is a skill that needs to be learned by everyone, not just businesspeople. If you can delegate some of the tasks on your list by asking for help, but it will reduce your feeling over overwhelm and anxiety. Your potentially long to-do list will be reduced, and you can concentrate on the things that are most important to you, leaving the other items to someone else.


It can be hard to let go of some of this control, but unless you do, you’ll always have far too much to do, and you’ll live your life in a haze of worry which isn’t good for you or your children.