I know I’m not alone in feeling overwhelmed by all life throws at me. It’s tempting to blame my circumstances; to insist that things would be better if I just didn’t have to deal with ______. But I’ve lived life without all the things that currently cause me stress, and life was just as full and overwhelming then, too. Instead of wishing I had a different life, what actually happened was a kind of reboot of this one.

I do better at avoiding personal meltdowns and maintaining a sense of peace when I take time to regularly evaluate and reset my own life. In this downloadable guide, “How to Have Peace Instead of a Meltdown,” I offer a few of the questions I ask myself, not only when life feels overwhelming, but also on an ongoing basis to try to keep my situation from getting critical.