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.