Written by Tracy Sherriff

Overwhelm and stress seem to be constant companions for many of us. Whether it’s the demands of work, family responsibilities, or personal goals, finding balance can sometimes feel like an impossible feat. However, for those of us in the “business” of helping others, amidst the chaos, there lies an opportunity to not only manage overwhelm and stress but also to thrive. One powerful way to achieve this is through creating a course within your business.

Understanding Overwhelm and Stress

Before diving into how course creation can help, it’s important to understand overwhelm and stress. Overwhelm often stems from feeling inundated with tasks and responsibilities, leading to a sense of helplessness and paralysis. On the other hand, stress is the body’s natural response to pressure or demands, which can manifest physically, mentally, or emotionally.

The Importance of Finding Balance

Achieving balance doesn’t mean juggling an equal amount of time for every aspect of your life. Instead, it’s about prioritizing what matters most to you and allocating your time and energy accordingly. Balance allows you to maintain your well-being while pursuing your goals and responsibilities, leading to a more fulfilling life.

How Course Creation Can Help

  1. Structured Approach: Creating a course requires careful planning and organization. This structured approach can help you break down overwhelming tasks into manageable steps, making it easier to tackle them one at a time.
  2. Deep Dive into Expertise: Developing a course often involves delving deep into a subject matter you’re passionate about or knowledgeable in. This focus can provide a sense of purpose and direction, countering feelings of aimlessness or overwhelm.
  3. Creative Outlet: Designing a course allows you to unleash your creativity. Whether it’s crafting engaging content, designing visuals, or recording videos, the creative process can be therapeutic and rejuvenating, reducing stress levels.
  4. Community Building: Courses often attract like-minded individuals who share similar interests or goals. Building a community around your course creates a support network where you can exchange ideas, seek advice, and find encouragement, mitigating feelings of isolation.
  5. Personal Growth: As you create and deliver your course, you’ll inevitably encounter challenges that require you to stretch beyond your comfort zone. This continuous learning and growth not only enrich your life but also build resilience in the face of stressors.

Tips for Creating a Course

  • Start with Your Passion: Choose a topic that genuinely interests you and aligns with your expertise. Passion fuels motivation and perseverance, essential ingredients for successful course creation.
  • Break it Down: Divide the course creation process into smaller, manageable tasks. Set realistic deadlines for each task to prevent overwhelm and maintain momentum.
  • Seek Feedback: Don’t hesitate to seek feedback from peers, mentors, or potential students throughout the course creation journey. Constructive criticism can help refine your content and enhance the learning experience.
  • Prioritize Self-Care: Amidst the hustle of course creation, remember to prioritize self-care. Take breaks, get enough sleep, and engage in activities that recharge your batteries. A healthy, balanced mindset is crucial for sustained productivity and creativity.


While overwhelm and stress may seem like inevitable companions in today’s busy world, they don’t have to dictate your life. By embracing the journey of course creation within your business, you can transform overwhelm into opportunity, stress into growth, and chaos into balance. Through structured planning, creative expression, community building, and personal growth, creating a course can be a powerful tool for managing overwhelm, reducing stress, and finding equilibrium in both your professional and personal life. So, why not embark on this journey today and discover the transformative potential of course creation?

Remember, balance is not a destination but a continuous journey—one that you have the power to navigate with purpose and resilience.

About Tracy: 

Tracy Sherriff embodies a unique blend of expertise, that positions her to assist coaches in the personal development and wellness space achieve sustainable revenue growth through online courses. With a background in early childhood education and postgraduate training in adult education, Tracy brings a wealth of knowledge to the table. But her expertise doesn’t end there—Tracy is also a Certified Director of Operations and now a Certified Growthworks Marketing Consultant. This combination equips her with a diverse skill set that allows her to help her clients excel in various domains. As the host of the Scale Your Course podcast and the founder of Course Design School, Tracy warmly invites you to connect for a discussion on all things related to course design.

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