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When you feel overwhelmed, do one of these 20 things….

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When you feel so overwhelmed in life and you are just in a mood that makes you feel exhausted and maybe even a little depressed or stuck in life, do at least one of these activities. Even if you don’t feel like it, simply choose one and take the action to complete the activity. Sometimes, simply doing something helps to change our mood and can get us back into the frame of mind to be better able to cope with our lives and even be better problem-solvers to really address what is making us feel overwhelmed.

20 things to do when you are overwhelmed as a mom:

  1. Eat a healthy snack
  2. Listen to music
  3. Go outside
  4. Drink a cup of tea or coffee
  5. Drink water
  6. Go for a walk
  7. Read a book
  8. Watch a funny movie
  9. Talk to a friend or family member who is good at listening
  10. Bake something
  11. Take a nap or go to bed (but don’t stay there too long)
  12. Make a to do list (get the things you have to get done out of your head)
  13. Accomplish an easy task off your to-do list
  14. Spend one hour cleaning or decluttering your home (our environment influences our mood)
  15. Do the dishes (even though you probably don’t feel like it)
  16. Take a shower
  17. Journal about what is really bothering you (then you may even start considering solutions to these problems)
  18. Accept what you cannot change
  19. Eat a good meal
  20. Decide on one thing you can take out of your responsibilities (whether by quitting a work responsibility, assigning a household task to someone else, or hiring childcare once a week, etc.)
When you feel overwhelmed, do one of these 20 things….

Heather Gilmore

My name is Heather Gilmore. I am so happy to be able to have a space to share helpful insights and resources to other moms out there. Being a parent is hard work and I hope to be able to give you tips and strategies to make it at least a little bit easier and more enjoyable. We love our kids but any mom knows that they can also be exhausting and overwhelming at times, as well. I have a master's degree in social work. I work as a children's therapist. I am also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and work with children with autism spectrum disorder. Additionally, I am a freelance writer specializing in topics related to children and families. I have my own company called Hope Family Resources which provides resources in person and online to help families find greater hope, health, and happiness. See my site and learn more about me at: or email me at I have also published books on Amazon. Search for "Discpline and Parenting Strategies for Kids with ADHD," "Have Peace: How to Have Peace in Your Busy, Chaotic Life," and "Sibling Rivalry: How to Deal with Sibling Rivalry so You Won't Have to Anymore,"

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Gilmore, H. (2017). When you feel overwhelmed, do one of these 20 things….. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 19, 2020, from


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