When Your Overwhelm Gushes

Have you ever had those moments when everything comes at you too fast? You feel overwhelmed beyond what you can take.
Childcare, expenses, work. Guilt, overwhelm, anxiety.
Childcare, expenses, work. Guilt, overwhelm, anxiety.
Childcare, expenses, work. Guilt, overwhelm, anxiety.
Sometimes it can be like a faucet gushing in my mind that reaches a breaking point. The result is driving while crying on the way to work. Not too cute arriving at the office with mascara all over my face, puffy eyes and a pouty lip.

Since it’s the holiday season, the stress of shopping, celebrating and handling the additional to-do lists compound the busy schedule of a working mom (or any mom!). Throw in the extra expense in a month that is already filled with daycare bills, a mortgage and a jump in heating costs. It’s a recipe for a mind overload.

While I think the emotional release is good once in a while, it was a point of realization. Rather than categorizing or prioritizing, I was just getting overwhelmed thinking about it all at once. I made a list of things and categorized them accordingly… get to, want to and would like to. Ok, you caught me with the “get to” category. It’s a way to spin what I really have to do into a positive. Wow, lucky me, I “get to” do that!

I spaced out the shopping and even nixed a few things. I will simply say “no” to the things I can’t or dare I say don’t want to fit it. It’s ok to say “no” and that is key to much of the overwhelm gush that led to my emotional gush. With my list in hand and saying “no” to certain things in mind, I regrouped, reworked and re-established my center.  The overwhelm will creep up every now and then. With some thought and creativity, it can be diminished and reorganized.

The holidays are supposed to be fun, aren’t they?

5 thoughts on “When Your Overwhelm Gushes

  1. Great post! We all feel like this at some time or another, making list and having priorities are great! And you are right, it' ok t say no! 🙂 Thanks for sharing and Have a blessed day!


  2. Yes, we do have days and times just like that! Ro, our truck broke down after I wrote this, too… I'm adding in car-less too..or at least truckless 🙂 We just have to believe things will get better and they will!


  3. I can DEFINITELY relate… now add in CAR-LESS! WTH! Depending on people to get from point a to point b in a city thats not public trans friendly is a pain.. cant even cry in peace.I know its temporary ( what luck both cars down at once) but man…it wears on me.Looking out for Gods Window.RO


  4. You have quite the PERFECT title for a blog 🙂 I know I'm going to just love reading what you have to share with everyone.Have a fabulous Friday and hope you'll stop bye!xoxohttp://loveiseverywhere.blogspot.com/Kate


  5. Everyone has their days. It's a good thing though to stop, regroup and restart:) This was such a great post! I am now following you thanks to Following Friday, and it would be so nice if you could share the love back on my blog;)Also today we have the coolest blog hop there is… no rules just fun and would love you to join in with us at Boost My Blog Friday 🙂 Happy Friday!


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