I've asked this question before and, based on current trends and pressures, it looks like it's time I put this question on the table again.
In order not to compromise quality of work, reputation, and trust, and to honor commitments, we have to look at what we accept and are accountable for and what we have to say no to. We also have to make choices to let go of some things so we can take on others.
Digging yourself out is making the difficult choices. Digging yourself deeper is in thinking if you ignore those commitments, and remain silent about them, that they will go away. Not only won't they disappear but they'll turn into the shovel.