Feeling overwhelmed is a very common psychological issue, affecting up to 1 in 4 adults at some point during their lifetimes. It is “feeling completely overcome in mind or emotion,” according to Marla W. Deibler. And for many people, it is simply a part of life. Kathleen Nadeau describes this common reality:
Overwhelm results from families with two working parents managing a household and raising kids. Overwhelm results from trying to work full-time while earning a degree in our “spare time.” Overwhelm results from workplace environments that keep piling on expectations with little regard for whether those expectations can be met within a 40-hour week. Overwhelm results from being a single parent trying to run a household and hold down a full time job. Overwhelm results from being “on” 24/7 through mobile phones, social media and the availability of movies and TV series on demand.