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Feeling Overwhelmed

In our corner of the world we sit at our desk, typing at our computer after a morning filled with exercising before the sun peaked out, helping with school lunch packing, drinking coffee and driving to several school drop offs.  Living in a state where masks are being hotly contested it feels like an uphill battle both ways keeping our children safe and healthy, which leads us to feel overwhelmed and scared for the future.  Also, we feel generally out of the loop with all conversations and news regarding Afghanistan and the US withdrawing troops.  It has come to our attention that our knowledge of Afghanistan politics and general history is woefully subpar and mediocre at best.  

What emotion had so invaded me? Fear? It is sometimes curiously difficult to name the emotion from which one suffers. The naming of it is sometimes unimportant, sometimes crucial.
-Iris Murdoch

The world feels scary and frankly out of our control most days, like how can people be so blasé when we are still in a pandemic and what are we watching unfold in Afghanistan?  Lastly, why are there no pictures yet of Pete and Chasten Buttigieg’s child, because we could all use some adorable pictures and good news.  

We all could benefit from feeling more confident and in control of what is going on in our lives, so what are some steps we can take to feel more in control in a world that feels very out of control?  

First up, What you eat

Seems kind of silly, but in a chaotic world, what you eat is typically within your control.  Some find meal planning to be soothing and helpful.  An easy way to maintain a budget and schedule.  Others find this method to be very overwhelming, ourselves included, so we have been trying something new.  When a meal meets with everyone’s approval, we write down the recipe and then add all the meal components to next week’s shopping list.  Other fun food options are a rotating menu where everyone in the family contributes a meal idea, ordering a meal kit, ordering a box of local ingredients and produce, making comfort food from childhood, remember, this a tool to lower stress and frustration and find some control, so don’t commit to anything until you are sure it is beneficial to your goal.  

How you respond to a situation

Scared about masks not being mandated, write a letter to the board of education, post on mom/neighbor groups or find a work around.  For some that is sending their kids to school with masks regardless of a mandate, for others it is pulling their kids out and homeschooling them, still others decide to move their kids to schools that continue to allow remote learning or who have mask mandates in place.  

Prioritize who your source of information is

COVID information should come from those who are unbiased and release warnings and instructions based on fact, science and medical training.  Just a sampling of reliable sources are the CDC, World Health Organization, US Census Bureau, National Institute of Health, and the American Pediatric Association.  Before sharing any information on social media or digesting the information yourself as truth, please verify the source.  There is so much misinformation out there, be part of the solution, not the problem.  

Make self care part of your everyday
  • Exercise
  • Eat well
  • Schedule your regularly needed exams: Mammogram, Pap Smear, Prostate, Well Visit, Cholesterol Check, STD panel... 
  • Do a monthly breast check 
  • Take your Vitamins and Supplements
  • Go to Counseling and/or Therapy
  • Take your prescribed medication
  • Set aside time for your passions and projects
  • Set aside time in the day to sit, rest, read, do yoga, meditate, be alone with your thoughts…

Learn something new

  • Learn a new language, perhaps one that is associated with a country that is on your bucket list to visit
  • Learn about Afghanistan, especially what is going on past the pictures we are seeing on the news and on IG, what is their history and why should we be concerned and want to help (we have included two sources for you to start with)
  • Take a class, online or in person to learn a new skill or expose yourself to a new culture or potential new passion

Remember, we are all feeling overwhelmed and tired these days, so don’t feel bad about posting on the site about your day or complaining.  This is part of self care and what our site is all about.  We are all learning to be better, more compassionate humans and we do that by learning from one another.  By sharing our successes, failures and everything in between we allow others to see that what they are going through is normal and part of everyone’s life.  

I'm pretty easily overwhelmed and pretty tough as well. I think I'm tougher than I used to be. There's been a lot of hardship along the way. But that's what life is. And it's how you deal with those things, and how you let them shape you that makes you a better person and defines what sort of person you're going to be. -Nathaniel Rateliff

As always, thank you for allowing us to be a part of your lives and your path.  

All the best-

Team SG


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