What Do You Do When You’re Overwhelmed?
My house is a wreck, the phone is ringing, I haven’t had a shower, and the baby is crying.Today is one of those days when I look around my house, and I see about a million and one things that need to be done. Emails need to be answered. Dishes and laundry are overflowing. Urgent errands need to be run. Bills need to be paid. It all seems quite overwhelming to me.
My consignment sale was the week before last, and I was gone from almost the entire week. The few weeks following my sale are always difficult because not only am I finishing up all the work associated with the sale, but I also have a week’s worth of dishes, laundry, email, errands, and just plain life to catch up on. As a working stay-at-home mom, my days are already packed. Trying to fit in an extra week of work is almost impossible.
When I get overwhelmed, I find that I become paralyzed. I feel like I can’t get ahead, and I don’t know where to start. Often times I even find myself procrastinating which is so ridiculous because it only further creates the feeling of being overwhelmed. If only ignoring the problem would just make it go away. That seldom seems to work in life.
Today was the first day in over a week that was commitment and activity free. I didn’t have to be anywhere at any certain time so I decided to make the most of the day and attempt to actually get some things done.
I laid Ben down for his nap, grabbed a bite to eat, and mentally began to plan what tasks I was going to do. Just as I had taken out a load of laundry and put in another one, Ben decided to wake up and not go back to sleep. Seriously? Already? I felt like I had just laid him down!
What had I accomplished in the short time he was asleep? Absolutely nothing! Honestly I was on the verge of tears. I threw my hands up and probably said a few choice words. I felt defeated before I had even begun.
I started walking up the stairs to get Ben out of his bed, and all of a sudden I felt like God yelled something at me. You know what He said? He said, “CHILL OUT!” Yep. That’s right. He told me to chill.
I stopped for a moment, and I had a few words and a few tears with Him on the staircase. I’m not great at letting things go, but I knew I needed to let my plan for the day go, at least for a little while. I had a precious baby to take care of who was a lot more important than a ginormous pile of laundry. I loved on him and tried my best to not think about everything else that I had wanted to get done.
During his next nap, I’m happy to say that he slept like a champ. I was able to get quite a few things done that I had wanted to. I didn’t get as much done as I had planned, but I got a little further down on my to-do list, and I’m trying to learn how to chill in the process.
My reactions to feeling overwhelmed are not always healthy or right. Thankfully sometimes God raises His voice a little to get my attention.
What Do You Do When You Feel Overwhelmed?