Even when we know that life is rushing by and things are piling up, we tend to forget to do things for ourselves, replenish, and even to just take a step back. This is something I am bad at sometimes. While I may have some form of perspective I tend to miss something important to me like taking my own medicine. If you have spent a few days with me then you know I have an afternoon alarm for meds, and used to have a morning reminder to eat lunch. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that sometimes I need to be reminded that I am not superwoman. Early last month I needed a reminder to cut something from my life and unplug.
With June’s post about my Roller Coaster Year, I openly admitted to feeling a bit overwhelmed and needing a breather. Since spring sprung I had been pushing to get a wide variety of things done from doctor appointments to school registration not to mention my ever growing “honey do” list. While I have been pushing very hard to shrink my ever growing list, not much else in my life has taken a break or slowed up.
At some point I realized the folly of my ways. If I didn’t slow something down, or cut something out, well I was quite likely to burn out. The anxiety of it all was physically wearing me down. Other than pushing forward and completing my honey dos, there wasn’t much I could do to ease the anxiety I was feeling. As one project after another was completed it was true that some tension subsided but the fear of burning out, or getting sick, stayed with me.
What would happen if I did get sick before the end of the summer? What if my summer honey dos got left undone? The big answer is that we would all survive. Life would continue to move forward.
Still I felt a need to get my honey dos done. What would give? The answer was step back; put projects into perspective (make a list); and see if anything could be sidelined.
The first thing to get evaluated was my limited free time.
After my first few kid free days, I knew the likelihood of having lots of kid free time was unlikely. Two weekends a month I watch one niece. That is always a given. While time with my other nieces and nephews is not always planned, my youngest nephew dislikes going more than a few days being away from his second home. So my free time is not really just mine. Yet my free time was the only thing I had any wiggle room with.
Ultimately the decision wasn’t hard. I needed to unplug and put our blog on hold.
After all, when would the kids ever be this age again? Answer: never.
Once school starts back up I will have more free time than right now. I still want the boys’ bedroom done and to get a good amount of my honey dos actually done. With my priorities straightened out in my head I plunged back into my list.
The good news was I had room to do plenty of fun things like visit with family; spend a weekend with an old friend and her family; and to have lots of adventures with the munchkins!!!
The downside? I was right about burning out. After a month of pushing, pushing, pushing… when I began to slow down a bit I did end up with a summer cold. While I need to slow down for a few days I still feel as if I am in a good place. Slowing down right now was well earned and I don’t feel guilty over taking a day or two that includes a few more activities centered around me. Like writing a blog post, or two.