Monday, July 11, 2011

The Unbalanced Writer Mom

I feel tired.

Usually church on Sunday rejuvenates me and I come home ready to start the new week. But, instead, I just felt tired after church and still do.

I’ve been running around a lot this past weekend because three of my children got their wisdom teeth out and I’ve been trying to keep them comfortable. I thought it would be a really great idea to get it all done at once, and nurse them all back to health at the same time. But it turned out to be a horrible idea and I don’t recommend it at all. Three miserable people makes for a miserable mom because it’s so hard to see them suffering and in pain.

I think that’s only part of the reason I feel tired. I have so many things in my writing life that need attention, and several things in my personal life that have to take priority, so I feel out of balance. And I think that’s why I didn’t get my usual feelings of renewal at church. I need to find my balance again.

What sorts of things do you do to help you regain your balance when things are getting crazy in your life?

6 comments:

Debra Erfert said...

Uh, well, on occasion, when I feel my life has reached a point where I've lost control and I need to regain a sense of who I am, or what they use to say--I need to find "me," I talk to a family psychologist who happens to be our stake president's 2nd counselor. It helps . . .

I hope your children are feeling better, and that you'll feel better soon. Get some extra sleep.

Melanie Goldmund said...

I usually withdraw, either to sleep or to read, but then, I only have two kids, so it's easier for me. I know, it's not much help, sorry. Hope things get better for you soon!

Taffy said...

Sometimes writing rejuvenates me!

~T~ said...

Music and reading will often occupy a couple of the "worrying" tracks of my mind. When my husband is stressed (particularly just before we leave for some trip), he'll start cleaning. That helped when I was in college, but I wouldn't recommend it as therapeutic to a full-time mom!

Brittany said...

One word: massage. If there is a Massage Envy near you, you can get a great one for pretty cheap. Or reward yourself with something you love for 1)raising 8 children, which is a hard job, and 2)still loving 3 of those children after nursing them for a week. You deserve it.

Julie Coulter Bellon said...

Thank you so much for your words of encouragement everyone. I really needed that today! Just knowing people care helps a lot---and a nice massage, bubble bath, and a piece of chocolate cake. Who knew?

Tomorrow will be better, right? :)