Our school district has 4, yes, 4 days left of school. AAHH!!!!
Before sitting to blog, I wrote out my schedule for the week. It's something I've done for the last few weeks to make sure every little detail is captured "at a glance" in case things hit the fan and I'm delusional.
The kids both have their unusual schedules between work, friends, scouts, field trips and any other thing you can think of. Since my schedule is so tied into the kids' schedule this week (I'm a chaperone for my son's 8th grade trip to Philly!), I wrote one out for each of my family members. I'm tired looking at it!
I'll spare you the details of the ins-and-outs of our last week of school, but it can be overwhelming. Oh, and this doesn't even include work! Luckily, I know I'm not the only mom fretting the crazy schedule this week.
How do I quiet the overwhelm? Well, if I'm honest, sometimes I don't. I had a few curve balls thrown at me last week and I was on the verge of losing it. During that, it was deep breathing that saved me. It allowed me to get out of my head and back into my zen place.
Another technique I did was something I taught virtually a few weeks ago. I set worry time! Yes, it sounds totally crazy to do this, but I literally said to myself "I can't worry about this now" and said I'll worry later. In some cases, set a time to worry. This allows you to honestly laugh at yourself at the absurdity of having a time to worry. When I got to later, I wasn't worried and couldn't even remember what I was worried about earlier.
My other favorite tool for my beloved friend overwhelm is a technique where I press my thumb to each of the other fingers on my hand one-at-a-time and recite "I. Am. Here. Now" with "I" for the first finger I touch, "Am" for the second and so forth. This allows me to do a quick meditation while also engaging pressure points in my fingers. It's really hard to do anything but focus on my touch and words when you're doing this.
It's natural to get overwhelmed. If you're a mom, someone at any age going through any sort of situational transition (like going to High School next year!), it's pretty normal to feel it now. Focus on the end and get to it strong! Best foot forward! Oh, sorry… I hope you don't mind my own personal pep talk here! We've got this. Lean on your friends.
Summer is almost here!