According to Dictonary.com, the official definition of overwhelmed is:
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Lately a lot of people have been asking me if I’m overwhelmed and need help. Of course my answer is no because I’m the kind of person who would never ask for help! I’ll be the first in line to help others with anything but I’m not so great at letting others help me. Mainly I didn’t want people to see my “failures”. So many people have told me how fantastic I was and how “together” I always have everything. While it may have looked that way on the outside, behind the scenes wasn’t so together.
This summer I spent a lot of time looking at the things and people in my life. I started putting a lot more of my faith in God and just started to see how things would work out if I quit stressing about things as much. Amazingly, I think things are coming together pretty well. I’m so proud to say that I’m making some good progress on getting our house in order along with my overall life in general. As weird as it sounds, I’m really starting to feel like a grown up and that things are coming together like they’re meant to be.
Summer started off with a bang that included the loss of one of my dearest friends due to a misunderstanding. Because of that, my eyes were opened to the people in my life who were there and truly cared about my family but also about me. Thoughts of her still bring a sting but I know God brought her into my life as a lesson so I need to learn and move on. Instead of dwelling on the past, I really needed to appreciate the people who were still in my life. Due to the circumstances, it would have been so easy to get overwhelmed with the emotions (don’t get me wrong, there were a couple of days spent on the couch sobbing before I put my big girl panties on….) and not get through the situation. Thankfully, our situation worked out wonderfully and we were able to find someone else to watch the kids who has been fantastic.
Work life has been pretty hectic the past few months as well. Everyone has struggles at the office and of course I’m no different. Thanks to my new way of thinking, instead of getting bogged down in the problems, I’m trying to not stress about them and just continue to do my best each and every day. There are some days when I feel like I’m never going to dig out of the pile of things on my desk or make anyone happy. Instead of just giving in and feeling overwhelmed with everything, I’ve taken the stance of digging in and making the best of each situation. That is truly the best I can do each and every day. I won’t make everyone happy every day and that’s just the bottom line.
At this point I can honestly say that I don’t feel overwhelmed and I’m so proud to say that! I’ve got a lot of things on my to do list and that probably won’t change any time soon. What will change is how I prioritize things and the steps I take to make my thoughts and dreams a reality.
How are you handling the overwhelming feelings that can come during the back to school frenzy?