How to Stay Focused When Work Is Overwhelming


Staying focused when work is overwhelming is actually quite a challenge.

The reasons for this are fairly simple. 

  • Work can certainly get overwhelming. 
  • It can be stressful. 
  • You can face challenges and setbacks. 
  • You may need to constantly learn new things. 
  • And you may need to deal with people who aren’t always kind or respectful to you. 

You may also be tasked with cleaning up other people’s messes, or even with solving other people’s problems. 

And unfortunately, nowadays, you’re often expected to do more work than you originally signed up for in order to continue to maintain your employment. 

Well, there are more than enough reasons here to be overwhelmed with work—and staying focused in the midst of those feelings of overwhelm can be really difficult. 

So in this blog post, you’re going to learn our top 3 tips for how to stay focused—even when stuff at your job is getting difficult and making it hard to concentrate. 

Let’s dive into it. 

1. Take Care Of Yourself Outside Of Work

This is a preventative measure. And honestly—this should always be step number one whenever you’re trying to improve your life in almost any way. 

The better you get at caring for yourself outside of the workplace, the better equipped you’re going to be to show up for work ready to do your job and cared for to the point where you’ll have a greater capacity to deal with stress and overwhelm. 

This, in turn, will increase your ability to stay focused—even during difficult times. 

Here are some tips for how to accomplish this. 

First, make sure that you’re getting adequate sleep

Also, make sure that you’re eating a healthy diet so that your body is filled with the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals it needs every single day. 

Make sure that you eat a good breakfast to fuel your body for the day to come. 

Also, make sure that you’re getting adequate exercise every single day. 

If possible, you always want to try to get in a little bit of general movement (something like stretching or yoga) cardio (and/or aerobic exercise), and weight training every single day. 

When you take care of yourself, you give yourself the best possible odds for tackling everyday victoriously—while succeeding to the highest level possible at all of the important things that really matter.

2. Adopt A Meditation Habit

Learning how to meditate is actually a really big and flexible endeavor. 

There are many different types of meditation.

For example, you can learn to meditate before work to help you prepare for the day. 

You can also find small, limited ways to engage in meditative practices throughout the day, even while you’re at work.

For some people, this may mean taking a step back and refocusing every 30 minutes.

Or, for some people, this may mean plugging inspirational or meditative music into their ears while they work. 

For some people, this could mean literally taking breaks throughout the day to recharge their emotional batteries and spend a bit of time by themselves. 

Whatever this process looks like for you, don’t neglect it. 

Make sure that you engage in some type of meditative practice, to help you get through the day with a greater sense of peace. 

This will also help you to focus and stay confident in doing your duties.  

3. Smoke Cannabis After Work 

Cannabis has many known anti-anxiety properties. 

Some people even micro-dose with it while they’re working—to help them stay focused by giving their brain a little boost. 

However, even if this isn’t possible for you, slightly altering your state of consciousness after work can be a great way to unwind, relax, and prepare for the following day. 

Just remember that if you aren’t a cannabis pro (at least, not yet), then you definitely want to do a bit of research first—so that you’ll know how to buy it, what ‘weight’ is, and what to look for when you visit the dispensary. 

Veriheal describes ‘weight’ like this:

“Knowing the most common cannabis measurements is essential: Cannabis is generally priced by weight, so the amount you purchase will ultimately determine the price you pay.”


Now you know our top 3 tips for how to stay focused when work is overwhelming. 

None of this is easy stuff. 

But the better you get at figuring out what works for you, the more intentional you can be about taking steps that will actually contribute to better outcomes. 

You can do it. 

Now get out there and make it happen.

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