The Age of Overwhelm

Strategies for the Long Haul


Whether you are overwhelmed by work, school or your personal life, just a few subtle shifts can help sustain you, suggests Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, bestselling author of Trauma Stewardship. She offers concrete strategies to help mitigate harm, cultivate decency and act with integrity. This book aims to help ease the feeling of being overwhelmed and offers ways to navigate what is yet to come.
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Reader Reviews for this Book

hcherrydonaldson

Review posted June 9, 2022

4

Very helpful to have real strategies that I can use in my work and my life to help protect myself from more burnout. It was a good reminder that although there are so many things I can't control, there are also a lot of little things that I can control and those will add up!.

mewildetoo

Review posted June 2, 2022

5

This book is a life changer in the world of child welfare. This is a must read for anyone going into social work.

watson_mark1

Review posted May 26, 2022

4

Great book with practical advice and easy to digest content. very helpful for the helping profession

jessicaklein

Review posted May 25, 2022

5

Laura Vandernoot Lipsky is a balm for my weary soul. The Age of Overwhelm was a perfect follow up to Trauma Stewardship. It is very dense as far as the information it provides, so I took my time in reading through this one, allowing myself time to pause and process information before moving on to another section. I highly recommend this book for anyone doing trauma or social work who finds themselves overwhelmed or burned out by the failure of systems around us.

Beth_07

Review posted May 25, 2022

5

Very good book. I enjoyed it a lot. :D

agodsey

Review posted May 13, 2022

5

Very helpful tips, funny cartoons, serious matters presented in an easy-to-understand way. Highly recommend!

krislnelson

Review posted May 11, 2022

4

Age of Overwhelm was an easy read that helped validate the stress so many of us are feeling and gives practical ideas to help. I enjoyed the read.

TiffanyE

Review posted May 9, 2022

5

This is the perfect follow up to the beneficial Trauma Stewardship. It is like a "how to" for the helper role in regard to the difficult things that we see and feel. I wish everyone could have a copy of both of those books at their hands. I did just turn my colleagues on to this work and hope it aids them as much as this has for myself.

ashawee711

Review posted May 9, 2022

5

Great strategies to deal with the overwhelm of the modern age. Very mindful writing that brings you along to explore how overwhelm shows up and ways to keep it from stopping us.

crohde

Review posted May 5, 2022

5

I've been a big fan of Laura van Dernoot Lipsky ever since she gave a large presentation in Portland about 4 years ago. "Trauma Stewardship" was a fantastic read and really helpful for my line of work in mental health care. "The Age of Overwhelm" will also help me in this line of work to help others learn to slow down and discover ways to manage the stress in our lives during these very stressful times.

kimberleywinther

Review posted May 1, 2022

4

Definitely relevant to current times. I think I liked the author's "Trauma Stewardship" book a little bit more-- It was a little more specialized and specific to my career (therapist). Sometimes this one felt a bit general and basic, but it gives a good foundation for those who haven't read books like it before!

Blibertad

Review posted May 1, 2022

5

This book is incredibly inspiring. The author writes in a way that is inclusive and empowering. The content is relevant now more than ever!

LindaLim

Review posted April 22, 2022

5

Amazing! Just like her last book. Will take this and apply in my work in schools!

dstolk

Review posted April 20, 2022

4

This was a surprisingly beneficial read. I often feel that some of these books are adding just one more burden to my already overextended reality. This was helpful in addressing the more practical aspects of boundaries and limitations that we as humans must have as finite entities.

RebeccaPre

Review posted April 6, 2022

5

Wow, I needed this right now. I work in social services in long term care so the pandemic has been a very challenging time. This author is amazing at making me laugh and offering practical advice for a more peaceful and meaningful life. Thank you.

Clairedavis

Review posted April 3, 2022

5

This book is a very engaging normalization of many of the feelings that have become typical in our fast paced, packed lives, as well as practical solutions and food for thought.

Melynnak

Review posted April 1, 2022

5

Very applicable to my work. Great read, would recommend.

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Review posted March 31, 2022

5

I love Laura van Dernoot Lipsky's books. In fact, I get to listen to her on Monday morning for a training- so excited. When I first started this book I felt really anxious and put it aside for several months. I'm glad that I returned to this book and finished it. I appreciate that it encourages us to be more curious, intentional and present while giving us concrete examples on how to refill our tank. I'm looking forward to incorporating these concepts more into my every day life.

mdoran

Review posted March 31, 2022

5

Laura vanDernoot Lipsky is a gifted writer. My daily life tends to be overwhelming, this wonderfully written book is a great resource! Grateful to have it as a resource.

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Review posted March 26, 2022

5

A very poignant book for the times of COVID and the past 2 years. Really enjoy this author and how she validates subjects with stories and science.

astuart

Review posted March 24, 2022

5

Everyone should read this book.

jeagan

Review posted March 24, 2022

5

This is a wonderful summary of the current literature, and a great way to think about our modern life and how we can maintain some coping skills and sanity. Laura van Dernoot Lipsky is a treat!

OR0251673

Review posted March 16, 2022

3

This book title is not available in audio :0(

Lorax2675

Review posted March 15, 2022

5

Such an incredible book.

elliegonzalez

Review posted March 10, 2022

4

This book did not give new ideas or skills but packaged past knowledge in a way that was digestible for easier integration into life. It touched on the may ways that modern society brings our attention away from caring from ourselves in order to be better people who can care for others.

DavidNestor

Review posted March 8, 2022

4

I really enjoyed this very practical, insightful, and understandable approach to understanding the contemporary human experience. It offers perspective, context, and approaches to address the way our current world impacts us as biological beings. Definitely would recommend.

loribullard

Review posted February 24, 2022

3

I thought this was a well thought out book that looks at the ways life is overwhelming us and great steps we can use to cope. There isn’t much there that hasn’t been offered many times in other books or social media sites, except for the comics! The comics are fun.

karla.macy

Review posted February 21, 2022

5

Helpful and insightful

michram32

Review posted February 17, 2022

4

Excellent read, especially during these times we live in. Helps restore perspective.

bwelch

Review posted February 16, 2022

4

I found this book to be most helpful in understanding how others, and myself, can experience stress. I've found it beneficial when meeting with clients who are experiencing anxiety, in breaking down their experiences to manageable language and exercies.

Nicmarieb

Review posted February 14, 2022

4

Great book. Very informative and helpful.

ashleyjohnsonbend

Review posted February 12, 2022

5

Insightful, meaningful, important to read in this time we are in.

egronert

Review posted February 10, 2022

5

Really enjoyed this book, a good read during these times where covid, climate and other life things are very overwhelming.

atoedtemeier

Review posted January 18, 2022

5

Great read and reminder of all the ways to address overwhelm.

Jeanne-Marie Ritter

Review posted January 10, 2022

5

Another necessity for anyone in helping work! Laura has again broken down *overwhelming* concepts into a digestible format that reads with clear, humanizing, empathetic, and useful language for immediate self-resuscitation. The way she shares wisdom from the experiences of herself and others gives me hope and strength. This book is equally helpful for novice and seasoned helping workers.

Kari

Review posted December 12, 2021

5

In this world of pandemic stresses, this book is perfect for regaining our perspective and utilizing strategies to ensure self-care. Recognizing chronic stress is the first step to reducing our stressors and healing for more enjoyment in life.

booksandmore

Review posted December 10, 2021

5

Good information to identify why you may be feeling overwhelmed and excellent advice on coping. Especially helpful during these trying COVID times.

jactaybr

Review posted November 28, 2021

3

Great read. Highly recommend to anyone, especially those who struggle with being overwhelmed.

BettinaS

Review posted November 13, 2021

3

Challenging and practical. An important read for all who are on the front and back lines of social justice, community work and trauma. Her focus on wellbeing of those who help and those who are helped is engaging.

stephanieewingmcsd

Review posted November 10, 2021

4

Being overwhelmed is so constant in our lives, it affects almost everyone I know. This book not only explains why, but also offers many suggestions to stop and reflect.

ngenthe0

Review posted November 1, 2021

4

Nothing in this book is particularly revolutionary; however it is overall an excellent resource / compilation of potential solutions one can apply to make life just a little less overwhelming.

KBurnham

Review posted October 20, 2021

5

This is a great book. Letting go of things we cannot control and how to do so was my favorite part of this book.

jsweetland

Review posted October 18, 2021

5

This book is so needed! It's hard to believe it was published before the pandemic. Very helpful ideas on ways to combat overwhelm/anxiety.

sarahsketti

Review posted October 15, 2021

3

Excellent book. I really appreciated all of the practical advice as well as the theories behind current overwhelm.

Nicoled256

Review posted October 4, 2021

4

This book was very on point for understanding the why and how to deal with overwhelm. If you live in this world today, this book will be helpful to you. I don't know of anyone, young or old who doesn't suffer from overwhelm in todays climate.

Jennyfur007

Review posted October 3, 2021

5

This is a relevant book in our current and unusual times. The book was easy to read with a nice addition of humor interspersed throughout in the form of cartoons. The advice is solid and realistic. I find this to be a good guide for those that work in emotionally high demand jobs like teachers, counselors, and advocates.

DaphneMalpass

Review posted September 17, 2021

5

I'm halfway through the introduction and so far I love it. I ordered this book when I was feeling the weight of the world on my shoulders because of my job. Since then, I have left that job so I haven't been having strong feelings of overwhelm, however, a close friend has. I'm excited to see what kind of insight this book can offer me to help them feel better and less overwhelmed, ultimately leaving me with the knowledge for the next time I'm overwhelmed as well.

Micah.z.levitt

Review posted September 3, 2021

5

I have not been able to read this yet, my coworkers have raved so much about it that I leant the book out without having a chance to look. At it..

kconraads

Review posted August 25, 2021

4

This book was not as good as the Trauma Stewardship (which is great). At times during the intensity of Covid this book was both helpful and slightly overwhelming at the same time. There are some great stories and resources, but some stories are a little less focused and helpful.

lromero100

Review posted August 15, 2021

5

I found this book incredibly helpful, as the author provided practical steps to take to mitigate feelings of overwhelm in one's life. Given that we live in a time of unrelenting catastrophes (or at least it seems like that) with climate change, political division, and unsustainable expectations at work, this book felt timely and needed. I plan on implementing many of the suggestions made by the author.

sarahmklann

Review posted August 14, 2021

5

I liked this book for many reasons. Simple, practical strategies for life with science to back it up. I would recommend to others!

gherrarte20

Review posted August 11, 2021

5

Love! such a helpful book

Chlois21

Review posted August 8, 2021

5

I think this came to me at the right time. It's been great to help me draw some boundaries during this pandemic and to better verbalize to the people in my life how to support me while overwhelmed.

Danellmb

Review posted July 30, 2021

5

I thought it was a very insightful and helpful book. She gives us hope in a time when hope seems hard to find.

asmith

Review posted July 25, 2021

4

Another lovely read from the author! Helpful questions for reflection in identifying individual and systemic factors contributing to overwhelm and the "what now?" of it all.

Aileron

Review posted July 22, 2021

4

The Age of Overwhelm: Strategies for the long haul is an informative book. It reads like an academic paper on overwhelm mixed with self help solutions. As a person who felt overwhelmed often in 2020 I was looking for coping strategies which were sometimes hard to find in the research information. I keep returning to it to digest the wealth of information in smaller bites.

Firechild94

Review posted June 28, 2021

5

This book of strategies helped me over come a couple problems.

Juleskitzerow

Review posted June 25, 2021

2

This book seems like it's written for someone who is just beginning to recognize that they're feeling overwhelmed with life, but has yet to find resources for understanding their overwhelm or accessing mindful coping strategies. It's less helpful for those who already have an analysis of capitalist culture and those who have any idea what trauma is and how it works. This book is written for a broad audience, and for that reason, it's particularly lacking in strong political analysis, even when it pretends otherwise. Perhaps a good first step for the therapy-averse, but otherwise not particularly helpful or revolutionary.

Charmaine

Review posted June 15, 2021

5

Strong recommendations for another great read by Laura van Dernoot Lipsky. I am looking forward to more of her writing as she speaks with truth in her connection to trauma work and how we can heal and grow.

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Review posted June 7, 2021

4

I was excited about The Age of Overwhelm, especially being a parent to four teenagers. I found the first half of the book to be informative but a little repetitive and “slow.” I really liked the second half of the book because it provided several possible solutions to ease overwhelm and become more engaged in a higher quality life. Some suggestions were as simple as spending time outdoors and being with animals. These are such basic ideas but often forgotten and just hearing them, being reminded of them, felt like quick, tangible and almost instantly gratifying solutions. One lasting impact this book has had on me, in regards to helping my kids navigate stress and overwhelm, is to get back to basics, and make those part of a daily routine. Eating simple and healthy, having a consistent bed time and bedtime routine, taking a 20 minute walk every day, are all just simple examples of habits I can remind and reinforce with my family.

nitahalstead

Review posted June 3, 2021

5

"The Age of Overwhelm" not only describes the myriad reasons so many of us are struggling with stress and overwhelm, but offers a wide array of sensible solutions and coping strategies. Just like in "Trauma Stewardship", cartoons are placed throughout the book to help emphasize the author's points and to give the reader some knowing smiles and, in some cases, opportunities to laugh out loud. I especially appreciated Chapter 8, When to Step Away, in which the author poses questions to help the reader decide whether to step away but also HOW to remain.

dougsannes

Review posted June 3, 2021

5

Wow. Another excellent book from Laura van Dernoot Lipsky. Laura combines the latest scientific discoveries with her personal experiences, and shares it in a witty and often hilarious way. I highly recommend this book!

OregonMom108

Review posted May 29, 2021

3

This book addresses the current and chronic state of overwhelm in all our lives and how it manifests in different ways. I appreciate that it also provides strategies and tips for addressing this, as well as acknowledging the trend. Fun cartoons break up the more serious text and help illustrate points. Overall a good book.

jillbaker

Review posted May 21, 2021

5

This book was a perfect match for me, working in an extremely hard field, in COVID. I gleaned many strategies for myself personally, and also how to lead my team at work.

jordain.boland

Review posted May 19, 2021

5

Another winner from author Laura Van Dernoot Lipsky. This is a great follow up from her first book Trauma Stewardship with practical resources for surviving in our age of too much. As we all attempt to find balance in age of consistent emails, social media, and our day to day. Will definitely be going back to the book again- and - again!

Zenkalemur

Review posted May 18, 2021

4

Lipsky gives a great short-hand guide for recognizing and mitigating overwhelm, whether its from societal, family, or career issues. The basic message is what we already know: self-awareness and self-care. There are perhaps too many personal anecdotes and examples that can actually add to a sense of overwhelm, but the author breaks solutions down into bite-sized pieces so that we can have quick reminders of coping strategies when faced with particular symptoms of overwhelm, such as being distracted or feeling depleted.

Neaton

Review posted May 13, 2021

5

This follow up to Trauma Stewardship is a must read for anyone who works in Social Services, Public Health, or anyone who works directly with the public, really.

Kraken

Review posted May 10, 2021

2

I have heard Laura speak and found her to be an excellent and inspirational public speaker. I was excited to read this book because I tend to be in a state of overwhelm much of the time. Unfortunately, I found the book itself to be overwhelming. She did such a good job of describing the problem of being overwhelmed that I couldn't focus on her solutions. Ultimately I realize that I know much of what I need to do and it is time to apply it rather than to continue to read about the problems. I did enjoy the cartoons. They were my sense of humor and laughter does help.

Loriann848

Review posted May 7, 2021

5

Engaging! Best book I've binge read in quite some time. Worthy of everyone!

hartism

Review posted May 7, 2021

5

The timing of this book is spot on- after this past year my feeling overwhelmed has continued to grow as the months went along. This book is helping me shift and restore my strength to go on. Once again Thank you Laura van Dermoot Lipsky for what you do ! And if you have never read her books or seen a presentation do it ! You will not regret it

Lalu1987

Review posted May 3, 2021

4

A guidebook for recognizing and addressing exposure to chronic stressors. Offers many tangible solutions for reconnecting and being more intentional in our relationships.

kleroy92

Review posted May 3, 2021

3

The book was very insightful as to how easily we find ourselves facing things bigger than us and how it can make someone feel small. Yet illuminates hope that we can overcome anything .

urian.nicholson

Review posted April 23, 2021

5

Applicable book to the times we are living in and great strategies for keeping yourself mentally well.

garciac113

Review posted April 21, 2021

5

Loved this book, just like her first one!

Klanger

Review posted April 11, 2021

4

Really excellent quick read, especially recommend to fans of Trauma Stewardship.