It’s hard right now, isn’t it?
So much noise.
So much pressure.
So much tension.
My senses are overloaded lately leaving me fumbling over my words by the time 8pm rolls around.
The fact is, I’m simply too exhausted to form a coherent thought.
Half-written articles fill my drafts folder, some untouched for weeks. Creative sparks try to ignite but are quickly doused by thoughts of all the things I have to get done.
That’s the thing about stress — it tricks our brains into survival mode, leaving us focused only on the tasks it thinks are most important.
Things like taking a break, curling up with a good book, savoring a hot cup of tea, chatting with a friend, or taking a long bath are filtered out as “not important” and pushed to the next day.
Or the day after that.
Or next week.
Or not at all.
Try to find a few minutes each day to find some quiet.
Breathe in the silence and let it find its way to your mind.
Remind your brain that not everything is life and death.
Not everything is urgent.
The world might not end if some things get delayed 10 minutes so that you can go for a walk in the fresh snow or take a hot bath or read that book that’s been sitting on your shelf.
Don’t get so caught up in your life that you forget to live.
This post comes from the TODAY Parenting Team community, where all members are welcome to post and discuss parenting solutions. Learn more and join us! Because we're all in this together.