Why do the days leading up to vacation create so much stress? It seems to put my Type A personality into overdrive. Packing, wrapping things up at work, and trying to remember everything in-between. Balancing everything creates a substantial amount of mental clutter. The older I get, or perhaps the busier, the more mental clutter negatively impacts me. By the end of the day I feel overwhelmed and exhausted dealing with anything requiring brain power. The only solution I’ve employed is to watch mindless TV or surf the iPad. Neither of which is productive or helps with getting quality sleep.
You can read countless articles on the invisible workload mothers carry (start here). We tend to worry and stress more; hence my increased stress over vacation. The problem is now that I’ve identified the problem what am I going to do about it? When the thought of coming up with a solution exhausts you, you know there’s a BIG problem.
Tonight I’m going to try 3 things. First, no iPad time before bedtime. Losing myself in Instagram isn’t the solution. Secondly, I’m going to take a bath. If I feel like it I’ll read a magazine. If not, I’ll just breathe. Relax and breathe. Sounds delightfully simple, doesn’t it? And last I’ll go to bed at a decent hour. It all sounds so easy. Now I just have to do it.
What strategies do you use to reduce your mental clutter?