16 Quotes For The Overwhelmed

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Flickr / Carmen Lucas

Lately I have been feeling overwhelmed with work, relationships, and life in general. Work might be piling up and once you get one task done, the amount you started with has tripled. Relationships need maintenance. Maintenance takes time, time that you might be fighting to find. Life doesn’t take a break; it just keeps going and going and going. Life does not consider everything you need to do and it doesn’t consider your goals, your hopes, or your relationships.
If you are struggling, much like I am, may these quotes be relatable and transformative.


“Promise me you will not spend so much time treading water and trying to keep your head above the waves that you forget, truly forget, how much you have always loved to swim.”

—Tyler Knott Gregson


You can’t calm the storm, so stop trying. What you can do is calm yourself. The storm will pass.”

—Timber Hawkeye


“When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”

—Psalm 61:2


“A woman who lives with the stress of an overwhelmed schedule will often ache with the sadness of an underwhelmed soul.”

—Lysa Terkeurst


“Learning to ignore things is one of the great paths to inner peace.”

—Robert J. Sawyer


“Life has many ways of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen all at once.”

—Paulo Coelho


“Sometimes you just need to be selfish and take care of you. If they love you, they’ll understand.”

—Robert Tew


I feel so much that it is hard for me at times to feel anything at all.”

—Mary Kate Teske


“Every word has consequences. Every silence, too.”

—Jean-Paul Sartre


“I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had absolutely no other place to go.”

—Abraham Lincoln


“Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it.”

—Ann Landers


“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret to getting started is breaking your overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”

—Mark Twain


“Life can be magnificent and overwhelming—that is the whole tragedy. Without beauty, love, or danger it would almost be easy to live.”

—Albert Camus


“When it hurts—observe. Life is trying to teach you something.”

—Anita Krizzan


“Some days you will feel like the ocean. Some days you will feel like you are drowning in it.”

—Lora Mathis


“I often think I can’t do this anymore but then I realize what choice do I have?”

—Justin Blaney Thought Catalog Logo Mark

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Jamie Kensinger

A millennial with a Framed Higher Ed degree, not working in Higher Ed.

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