Word of the Week

Hi Everyone!  Today I’m linking up with Amanda for this week’s Thinking Out Loud link up.  This week’s post is probably more for me than for you.  Because sometimes we just need to get it out to make sense of it all.  Right? But, even sitting down to write this, I’m having a hard time articulating what I’m feeling.  Let’s think out loud.  

Overwhelmed.  That’s my word of the week.  It’s how I am feeling right now.  Do you ever have days or weeks like this?  I just feel like there are not enough hours in the day to get everything done or even enough time to rest.  I just feel like I don’t ever have time to just unwind, relax, or even just sit down.   Sometimes I just want to sit down, watch TV, be lazy, and not have other things to do.  

Word of the Week

Last week I was on my feet all day everyday and it was usually at least 10 at night before I even got a chance to sit down. 

Sunday is a perfect example.  As soon as I was up, I was out the door and running errands in town.  Next, I visited my parents for a little while.  Then, as soon as I got home at 2:30 I got busy doing “stuff”.  I started with meal prepping my lunches for the week.  Then I moved on to folding laundry.  Then it was cutting okra for several hours.  Then I emptied the dishwasher.  Then I cleaned up the okra mess and started getting ready to can some okra.  Then we canned the okra, and it took a while since this was the first time we had done it.  Once that was done and cleaned up, I had to cook dinner.  I sat down to eat that, and then had to clean it up.  It was 10:30 before I even got to sit down.  It takes me a little while to wind down before I can go to sleep, so I was still awake at 11:30, and I get up at 5:30.  

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This is pretty much how my usual routine goes.  Same hours, different stuff.  I don’t get much sleep and I feel like I am constantly running around crazy!  Does anyone else ever feel this way?  How do you deal with it?  Usually I can go for a run, or make a to do list and that helps.  But, sometimes checking things off of a list doesn’t work, and running when I feel like I have a million other things to do doesn’t help either.  

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I’m not sure if that all made sense.  Once I read through this, I thought, “I sure am whining a lot!”  That’s not my intention, and I know that others have more on their plate than I do, and some would probably switch places with me in a heartbeat.  I hate talking about things that bother me, because I know it’s really not that big of a deal, but here I am.  I almost deleted this post and didn’t publish it.  But, I like to read about when other people have not so great days.  It makes me feel better that I’m not the only one that feels a certain way. So I thought I would go ahead and post it.  I think I have just felt stressed and have been tired on top of that, and those two together equaled overwhelmed.  I did feel more relaxed last night and not so stressed.  This weekend I am planning on relaxing and recharging and getting back to normal.  Heather at Polyglot Jot wrote a great post this week on the importance of doing nothing.  I need to take some of her tips and figure out a way to make more time for myself.  Check out her post and see if you need to do any of these things for yourself.  

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Do you make time for yourself?  What do you do when you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed out?

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6 thoughts on “Word of the Week

  1. Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    Thanks for sharing my post! I’m so sorry you’re feeling overwhelmed–its always such a hard thing. I go through seasons that I feel this way more than other times. I guess my best advice to you would be to really sit and think of the top priorities that you need to get done..pick 3 priorities and allow yourself to get the rest done later.
    For example, maybe you know that you need to get laundry and food prep done so that you’re set up for the week. Make those your priorities and set aside any other non-essential errands or tasks. They may make you feel less productive but you will thank yourself for it later!
    Good luck!! <3

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      Tara

      That’s a great idea! And you’re welcome! I love reading your posts!

  2. San

    You’re definitely (!) not alone feeling like this every once in a while and I think it’s totally legitimate to get these feelings out. Just because others might have more on their plate than you do doesn’t mean that you can’t feel overwhelmed by what’s on your plate.

    I hope you can find back to bit more inner peace soon. When I have these feelings, I often can’t even pinpoint where they’re coming from (because from the outside it doesn’t look like I have more stuff to do than normal), but some weeks just feel more stressful than others and it’s hard to relax.

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      Tara

      Thank you! It did help to get it out!

  3. Jennifer

    I love this! You’re definitely not alone. The last half of summer has been this way for me.. especially August! I feel so relieved knowing it’s September 1st. I love summer, but this one was so crazy that I’ve been wanting it to be fall for so long because that’s when everything starts to slow down for me. I’ll finally get the chance to do all of the projects, cleaning, etc. that I’ve been wanting to get done for a while now!

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      Tara

      That’s such a good feeling when it all slows down! I hope you get to do all of your projects! And, I’m glad I’m not alone. 🙂

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