The phrase 'doin' too much' is what my daughter often uses to describe me. I now know why.
Saturday morning, I woke up thinking it was Friday. Last week was particularly busy and I found myself suffering from a very bad case of "overcommitted."
We've all suffered from an outbreak of this disease at some point in our lives, the one that leaves you exhausted and disoriented by the end of the week. The one that makes you feel like you weren't very good at much of anything because your plate runneth way over. A wise mentor of mine once told me that for everything you say yes to, you are saying no to something else. Sometimes I feel like I spent my life trying to prove her wrong. The truth is something will inevitably get lost in life's shuffle if you try to pack it all in.
It's true, I have a hard time making time for me. I was recently reading a study about women's health and stress related illnesses. From vertigo and hearing loss to tummy issues, stress has a greater impact on women's overall health over time than most of us realize. For the first time in my life this weekend, I actually felt concerned about my case of "overcommitted" because I could feel some of the impact it was having on my overall happy. Since I have a lot of people counting on me to be well, I need to face the fact that I'm indeed, doin' too much, and find some balance.
Getting back to the simple joys of life is the best way to start. I'd long forgotten walks on the trails by my house, bubble baths and weekends flipping through magazines in my reading chair. We all need to take a break from busy and not beat ourselves up for doing it because life is way too short to be doin' too much to really enjoy it.