Manners Matter: Feeling Overwhelmed

Dear Mary Pat,

I’ve had challenges in my business before, but none quite like this. To say that I feel overwhelmed and helpless wouldn’t come close to describing it properly. I have no idea when the season will start; I’ve had to lay off half my staff; and I’m working hard every day without getting paid. How do I get past this feeling that it’s never going to get better?



Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

Dear Fearful,

I understand that you feel overwhelmed; however, help is available, and we will all get past this challenging chapter together. The first priorities are guarding your physical and mental health. Staying positive and optimistic are key.  

The Door County Health Department offers a mental-health crisis guide at The “10 Tools to Live Your Life Well” that it includes from Mental Health America are helpful both during this crisis and after it passes:

1. Connect with others.

2. Stay positive.

3. Get physically active.

4. Help others.

5. Get enough sleep.

6. Create joy and satisfaction.

7. Eat well.

8. Take care of your spirit.

9. Deal better with hard times.

10. Get professional help when you need it. 

If you haven’t already, check with the Door County Economic Development Corporation to see what loan and grant programs you may qualify for. Talk to fellow business owners to see whether they have tips to share.  

No one can predict where and when this will end, but taking it a single day at a time makes it more manageable. I personally rely on my faith and would like to share one of my favorite Bible verses. It’s from Romans 12:12 NIV: “Rejoice in hope, Be patient in tribulation, Be constant in prayer.”

Good luck,

Mary Pat

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, call our local suicide hotline at 920.746.2588 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800.273.8255.