Guys, I’m not going to lie. My world has been rocked these past few weeks. The September transition is always a huge one for our family, and this year it has been even more amplified, as 3/4 of my family members (one husband, two children) headed back to school. For me, that’s meant a huge increase in my work hours and a big shift in the everyday life I’ve known for the past several years. And all of this whirlwind of change has happened very suddenly, after the adventures of Summer. Whew. I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed and mentally drained, emotionally fragile and physically exhausted.
I know this will pass. I know it’s the transition that is the hardest part. But when you’re in the eye of the storm, it’s hard to see through it to the blue skies on the other end. We’ll get there.
Why am I telling you this? Well, truth be told I really debated whether or not I should share this stuff online. Part of me craves privacy, part of me wants to keep up a stoic facade, but the bigger part of me wanted to let you know that I go through this stuff too. This struggle in particular, I want to be public, because I know so many of you are going through this with me. Change is hard, and when you couple change with parenthood stress it can seem unmanageable.
I’m looking inward and focusing on me, and that’s what I’ll continue to do until this chaos passes. I’m still running, I’m still going to the gym, I’m still focused on my nutrition and my sleep. I have learned that I need all of these things to function at my best. And in periods of stress, I need them more than ever, albeit I’m getting them in irregular proportions.
Take care of yourselves so that you can continue to give all that you can. Times of stress are not times to skip taking care of you, they are times to prioritize taking care of you.
If you’re going through this transition at your house too, hang in there. We can do it.