Navigating Everyday Struggles vs. When Life Becomes Overwhelming

Life is filled with ups and downs, challenges, and triumphs. It’s normal to encounter everyday difficulties, but there comes a point when the burden becomes too heavy to bear alone. Knowing when to seek professional help, such as life coaching, can make a significant difference in one’s well-being and overall quality of life.

Many of my clients reach out to me because they want to gain that new perspective on life’s challenges.  Having a new awareness of their strengths in difficult times can create a resilience which helps them to bounce back.

However, how do you know the difference between everyday struggles and when you could benefit from seeking support.

Everyday Struggles are a natural part of life and can encompass various challenges such as work stress, relationship issues, financial concerns, or health setbacks. These difficulties may cause temporary discomfort or inconvenience but are typically manageable with coping mechanisms, support from friends and family, and self-care practices. It’s common to experience occasional stressors and setbacks, and addressing them proactively can help build resilience and problem-solving skills.

On the other hand, how do you recognise when life becomes overwhelming?  While everyone faces adversity at times, there are instances when the weight of challenges becomes overpowering, affecting multiple areas of life and hindering daily functioning. It could be simple things that you used to just brush off, suddenly making you easily frustrated or angry.  Whether it’s at work or at home, certain people or situations irritate you.  This could be signs that life may be too much to handle.  These little indications could develop into persistent feelings of frustration, sadness, anxiety, difficulty coping with stress, changes in appetite or sleep patterns, social withdrawal, or an inability to enjoy activities you once found fun.

When you get the early warning signs, if you’ve got the tools and coping mechanisms, you’ll find it easy to bounce back.  Life is full of challenges and for many, they brush it off and hope things get better.  Although this might sound like a good idea, it is probably creating a stress on your emotional and mental health.

So how does coaching help?  Clients come to me when they:

  • Are feeling stuck or lack direction – a life coach can provide clarity, guidance, and accountability to help you define your goals and create a roadmap for professional or personal growth and fulfilment.
  • Lack progress – if you’ve been working towards personal or professional goals but have made little to no progress, a life coach can offer fresh perspectives, support, and tools to help you break through barriers and achieve meaningful results. You know you can achieve more.
  • Are struggling with life transitions – major life transitions such as career changes, relationship endings, family break ups, caring for others or relocation can be overwhelming. A life coach can provide guidance and support to navigate these transitions with resilience, confidence, and adaptability. Harnessing into your strengths, developing your mindset and helping you find a clear path for this time in your life.
  • Want to be more productive – whether it’s professionally or personally, coaching can help them identify and overcome obstacles, empower them to develop effective strategies (e.g. time management, improving communications, work life prioritisation, etc.) and maintain motivation, all leading to improvements in their productivity.

While seeking help is a personal decision, if everyday difficulties persist despite efforts to address them independently, it may be beneficial to seek guidance from a qualified professional. Life coaches, like myself, offer a non-judgmental, confidential, safe space to explore challenges, identify underlying issues, and develop strategies for overcoming obstacles.

So, while everyday struggles are a normal part of life, there are times when seeking professional help becomes necessary. Recognising the signs of when life becomes overwhelming and knowing when to seek support from a life coach or other qualified professionals can empower you to navigate challenges, cultivate resilience, and live a more fulfilling and balanced life. Remember, it’s okay to ask for help—it’s a sign of strength, not weakness.

If you’re curious about coaching and how it could support you or staff within your business, book your free, no obligation, discovery call with me here