What to do when you feel overwhelmed

Ok, we’ve all been here. In fact, most of us are probably here right now (am I right?). It’s that time on Sunday when we all start to think about the week ahead and all that needs to get done. Not to mention Fall is almost over and now it’s suddenly holiday season. Wut.

I feel like I’ve been running a marathon since school began and it doesn’t feel like things are slowing down. Moving was exciting and all but whoa, has it been crazy.

So, this week I found it all crashing down on me. I can’t continue at the speed I’m going. I mean, I was coming home from 9+ hour days and then spending my evenings cleaning, unpacking, and shopping for house supplies.

Then this past week I sat on the playground and I just observed. I watched a few kids throwing leaves in the air. I watched two chasing eachother and laughing the whole time. I felt the warmth of the sun on my skin.


It may sound silly, but that’s exactly what happened. I felt myself relax. I came back into my classroom and had an incredible math lesson with my kids. We ended the day listening to a Moana song while packing up. And each one gave me a hug as they left.

They probably felt the change too.


As everyone left, this is when I realized the importance of meditation: checking in with your body, mind, heart, and soul. We seem to have this culture in America (although I’m sure it’s elsewhere too) that we need to keep going. That we have to always be busy doing something or checking another thing off our list. But quite frankly…

That is ridiculous.

Life is meant to be enjoyed. It’s meant to be cherished. It’s meant to be lived. So, while I had another really busy week, I didn’t let it get me down. Then I chose to have a weekend that hit all those important parts of myself. And my weekend has been incredible. I’ve seen most of my friends; I’ve eaten a lot of yummy, healthy food; I’ve gotten some work done, but I’ve also taken a lot of time to relax. Not to mention, I actually felt inspired to sit down and write this blog post.

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Do yourself a favor right now and check in with yourself. Think about your body, heart, mind, and soul. Carve some time out of your afternoon and let yourself just be.

Listen to what you need and allow yourself to have it.

Have a happy Sunday friends,


2 thoughts on “What to do when you feel overwhelmed

  1. You have such an incredible voice in your writing. As one who reads a LOT, I mean your voice is more interesting and professional than most professional magazine writers!

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