The key to dealing with overwhelming situations in your life is to take things one step at a time, writes Michele Hoos. "While there are many times in life when it's helpful to look [at] your five-year plan or reflect on the past, during a time of crisis, it's much more helpful to zoom in rather than zoom out," she writes. Lean on your friends and family as you navigate personal crises, and make to-do lists to help you get through daily activities, she recommends.

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