Not a parent, but I am overwhelmed. This Emotional Fitness Poster helps me do less.
My friend the Laughing Housewife has experienced the same need. Here is a slightly edited (told her I was going to steal this) about her plans to deal with being overwhelmed:
In the past few months my visits to your blogs have been intermittent at best; and in the past two weeks, almost non-existent. I struggle to find the time but I don’t want to neglect you. Not returning your visits is bad manners and I apologise. Interaction is a huge part of what makes blogging fun; no interaction, and it’s just me talking at you. I have battled guilt about it; guilt always wins. That has reduced my enjoyment of blogging.
I have decided to take the advice I always give to other bloggers who make these sort of Help! I’m drowning in unanswered comments! posts – if you’re not enjoying blogging, then stop. I’m feeling a little burned out by blogging and it’s not as much fun as it used to be.
If you see me as rutilant – as I hope you do – you will naturally be devastated by my announcement, so I should make one thing clear: I am not giving up blogging
- I will continue to post my daily joke
- I will post at least twice a week
- More, if I feel like it
- I will answer comments if I can
- I will not visit you every day but I will try to visit more than I have been doing
- I will understand if you decide to leave me, but don’t be surprised if I cry
I will not post a daily joke, although I might try to post one of my parenting poster coaches. either a joke, some quotes to think about, an Emotional Fitness Tip, or a Parenting Tip. I will not comment on these just put them out there as a reminder I exist.
Otherwise, all Tilly Bud says above holds true for me. By the way rutilant means bright red, probably as in blushing. I had to look it up.
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For all you do, thank you.