Managing Life

I don’t tend to get too personal here on Squirrelly Minds. I ran a personal blog for several years that acted as an online diary and by the end I vowed not to again.

But sometimes a girl has just gotta let it all out.

Do you ever feel like you’re taking on more than you want to, and you have so much to do that you somehow feel you’re at a stand still? Your life is no longer your own. When you get home you’re consumed with exhaustion and that looming pile of chores. You can’t do those little things you love like read (I’m still trying to get through October’s Real Simple) or draw or craft. And then when you do have the time you’re so tired that all you want to do is lie on the couch and ignore the world outside your walls.

Stress Chart

That’s how I’ve been feeling this last month (yup, exhausted and stressed. At least I recognize the signs thanks to these handy infographics!). Between my full time job working 50+ hours a week (report card season) and the several more hours spent blogging on weekends and evenings (which I love, don’t get me wrong) along with other weeknight and weekend commitments (currently helping my parents renovate their rental property) I have very little time or energy for me. (This is all why I haven’t been as active visiting all your lovely blogs, I’m thinking of you all!).

And no, I’m not venting just for the purpose of whining (although it’s great to have this space as a cheaper version of a psychiatrist) but rather to ask for advice.

I know so many of you out there do so much more. You work full time, perhaps you also blog if that’s not already your occupation, you’re a wife (or husband), you have nightly spin class or whatever else, and above all, perhaps you have kids. I could not imagine trying to juggle everything going on in my own life along with having children to take care of. I am truly in awe of all working parents.

And so I must ask, how do you keep sane?
How, with your busy life, do you manage to find time and energy to do something just for you?
Stress Less
Maybe I should try acupuncture again. If I can find the time and energy ;P

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Comment (4)

  1. Wavatar Anita Boeira says:

    I still think exercise is one of the best ways to de-stress! I love waking up early, getting on my ipod with all my favorite music, and going out for a run. it hurts, and it’s so hard, because I’m not necessarily good at it, but it helps kick-start my day in a good way. Plus, it has all those other extra benefits, we all know about. And it’s cheaper than massages (which are still a pretty good way to go… hmmm maybe you can hint at someone to get you some massage gift card for Christmas?).

  2. I have two tips for you: 1) prioritize and 2) take me time. There some things that need to be done but can wait. There are things that need to be done and can’t wait. Don’t feel guilty about putting things off. Sometimes, you need to. Always take time for yourself. A simple walk outside for lunch will do you wonders. If you have a pet, take time to love on them. Their love helps you feel tons better. I do hope this helps. :o) Esther Norine Designs

  3. Wavatar Stephanie says:

    It’s hard to find time to do everything! I don’t sleep as much as I should because I’m always up late trying to do various things (some necessary, and some just for my own enjoyment) but I can’t say that it’s a great strategy for everyone. I also have a fairly detailed to do list on my iPhone and each day I prioritize what HAS to be done, what should be done if possible, and what can wait. If you discover any other helpful strategies, I’d love to hear them… I have a HUGE pile of unread magazines and catalogs on my desk, and I’ve been reading The Night Circus for several months now and still haven’t even gotten half way through it! :)

  4. Wavatar Tan says:

    Great points ladies. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts!

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