Last week at Girls on the Run, we were discussing emotions and went over a list of emotional responses, like joy, contentment, shame, and anger. Some of the girls didnâ€™t know what the word â€˜overwhelmedâ€™ meant so I asked someone to explain.
One of the fourth graders raised her hand and said, â€œI know what overwhelmed means because I have three little brothers and they make a lot of noise and mess up the house. My mom always says, â€˜I feel so overwhelmed,â€™ when they start going crazy.â€ She then imitated her mother throwing up her hands, fed up and exhausted, and let out a big sigh.
I laughed so hard. I keep thinking about Addisonâ€™s definition of being overwhelmed.
One of the traps of blogging is that itâ€™s easy to sugarcoat life and say itâ€™s all okay when itâ€™s not. I donâ€™t want anyone to ever think that Iâ€™m superwoman because I am certainly not. Soâ€¦ Iâ€™m saying it. Iâ€™m overwhelmed. The stress of juggling my work, getting ready for my book release, helping the Husbandâ€™s with his business (which is booming!), volunteering, being pregnant, exercising, andâ€¦ oh yeahâ€¦ buying a house and moving is getting to me. At least Iâ€™m not dealing with three little brothers!
One silly thing that is really getting to me is the state of our house. You know how there are two types of cleaners â€“ those who like to scrub the floor with a toothbrush and those who like to just keep it tidy? Iâ€™m a tidy girl. I hate visual clutter. My house currently looks like this, which is driving me nuts.
I tend to focus on things that donâ€™t really matter when Iâ€™m stressed, and I know that freaking out about the state of my house is a metaphor for how Iâ€™m feeling in general. But I just want to TIDY SOMETHING!
I gave myself a big pep talk in the shower this morning. Iâ€™ve found that out loud pep talks are the most effective (I usually do them in the car or shower so other people wonâ€™t hear me!). It was basically along the lines of, â€œThis stress will soon pass. This stress will result in many good things. Count your blessings instead of your struggles.â€ I did feel a lot better â€“ a lot less overwhelmed â€“ afterwards. And Iâ€™m going to try to get some big projects done in advance today so I donâ€™t have to stress out about them later. Iâ€™m trying to tackle my overwhelmed feeling emotionally and practically! Letâ€™s see if it works.
Fuel for a busy day.
Itâ€™s strange but Iâ€™m experiencing more food aversions in the third trimester than I ever did in the first. The Husband made Indian food last night, and I nearly gagged. Smoothies are one of the only thing that I actually want.
In the blender:
And toast with cottage cheese.
Readyâ€¦ setâ€¦ go! Hereâ€™s to hoping Iâ€™m just whelmed very soon. No over or under!