32 Quotes About Feeling Overwhelmed (So You Can Overcome It)

The feeling of overwhelm is a difficult and emotional experience. Sometimes it’s easy to feel that things are piling up, yet there’s no way to make it stop.

And reading quotes about feeling overwhelmed in life might not seem like they will help, but sometimes they can provide the encouragement you need to keep going.

In this article we have compiled some of our favorite quotes for when you’re feeling completely overwhelmed with everything happening around you so that you too, can feel more inspired and positive instead.

Overwhelmed quotes

What does it mean to be overwhelmed?

The word overwhelmed is defined as “having too much to do, feeling unable to cope” or “feeling a sense of oppression from being surrounded by great difficulties.” It’s not always easy when you’re in this state. 

However, sometimes we can also be overwhelmed, but in a positive way. We can become overcome with positive emotions, in times of extreme joy, gratitude and love.

Is feeling overwhelmed normal?

We all have times in life when we feel overwhelmed, and it’s completely normal. It could be that work responsibilities, relationships, family, parenting and just life in general just seem to catch up with us.

Whilst it is natural to feel emotionally overwhelmed at times during our lives, it’s important to make sure that you don’t stay in this state. If the feeling of overwhelm is continuing, please seek help.

Quotes About Feeling Overwhelmed

If you’re looking to put into words how you’re feeling with a current state of overwhelm, this collection of quotes can do that. They consider feelings of stress, despair, failure, being scared, feeling lost and uncertain of how to proceed in life.

I hope they help you to remember that overwhelm is normal at times, and it’s not here to stay:

“Make sure your worst enemy is not living between your ears.” Laird Hamilton


“We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated.” Maya Angelou


“We generate fears when we sit. We overcome them by action.” Dr. Henry Link


“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


“I like to live in a world where I’m strong. And the only way for me to do that is by recognizing my weakness and being able to talk about it, because that’s what makes you human.” Taylor Swift


“The fears we don’t face become our limits.” Amy Elizabeth


“Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” Albert Einstein


“Storms make trees take deeper roots.” Dolly Parton


“Dream small dreams. If you make them too big, you get overwhelmed and you don’t do anything. If you make small goals and accomplish them, it gives you the confidence to go on to higher goals.” John H. Johnson


“I never felt like I was in over my head, but rather that the overwhelming possibilities were there for me to create.” Maya Angelou


“I’m happy that I have my family, and I’m happy that I had Virginia, where I grew up, to retreat to any time I felt overwhelmed. Whenever there were times when I felt like the rug was being pulled out from under me and I was floating in this crazy space, I would stop and go back to that neighborhood and realize nothing’s changed, really.” Dave Grohl


“A tree that is unbending is usually broken.” Lao Tzu


“Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.” Deepak Chopra


“If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it.” Olin Miller


“Don’t let people pull you into their storm. Instead, pull them into your peace.” Unknown


“Time is a created thing. To say “I don’t have time” is to say “I don’t want to.” Lao Tzu


“Courage is doing what you are afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you are scared.” Eddie Rickenbacker


“To get lost is to learn the way.” African Proverb


“Courage is being scared to death… and saddling up anyway.” John Wayne


“Sound character provides the power with which a person may ride the emergencies of life instead of being overwhelmed by them. Failure is… the highway to success.” Og Mandino


“Getting knocked down in life is a given. Getting up and moving forward is a choice.” Zig Ziglar


“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


Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” Brene Brown



“Your past haunts you

Your present overwhelms you

Your future scares you

Yet you survive” Lidia Longorio



“You never know what somebody’s going through until you walk a mile in their shoes.” Unknown


“The first step towards change starts with awareness and ends with taking action—and finally being responsible for our own lives.” Mandy Hale


“I have learned to be a slow thinker because I am so fast.” Unknown


“If you spend your whole life waiting for the moment when everything will make sense, then you’ll never understand anything.” William Faulkner


“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


“If we’re going through hell together; at least it’s kind of cozy in here.” Unknown


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


“I know I’m not perfect but at least I am trying my best.” Unknown

Quotes About Feeling Overwhelmed

These quotes are a reminder that even if you’re going through hard times, there’s always something good in the future, life will get easier again. Here are some more inspiring quotes and positive words:

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