Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Just Breathe

Eventually it all catches up. I think for the past month I have been a juggler, trying to finish grad school, teaching, parenting, little league schedules, reading, writing, and more. Well, juggling it all until today. I woke up with a monster headache and felt like I had slept twenty minutes instead of eight hours. I stumbled down the stairs and dialed the school. Please get me a substitute.

Back up the stairs I lay in bed, my mind racing. Sitting up I wrote sub plans on my laptop and sent them to the teacher across the hall. Woke the boys, got them out the door and off to school.

Returning home I took a short nap but it was disrupted with intrusive to do lists. I sat back up and decided to get something done. I grabbed the research I had for my final paper, which is due in a week. My notes were already gathered, a rough outline written. I quickly scanned over everything and sat down and wrote it. Three hours later I stretched, read it twice more, and emailed it off. It felt like a 200 pound weight had left my chest.

Quickly I thought of what else was weighing on my mind. A blog I promised to write, an article I wanted to submit. I grabbed a bite to eat and then sat down. Those were written and submitted or scheduled.

Breathe in, breathe out.

I looked up at the clock; it still wasn’t even the end of the school day. Jumped in the shower, drank a glass of water, assessed myself. I feel like a new person.

Sometimes your body tells you when you are on overload, if you will just slow down and listen to it. Today, I did. And I feel so much better for it. 


  1. Isn't it amazing how BUSY we are! Enjoy the night with your family without the pressure of thinking of your papers and final projects and congratulations on finishing them!

  2. Hurrah for you, Katherine. You did what was really needed, & it worked! Always a good thing.

  3. Hey, sometimes a mental health day is in order! Glad you put yourself first today. Took some time for you and then tackled those piles. Ah, big sigh of relief and a HUGE congratulations!! Woo-hoo!