April 28, 2014 in Adventures in Re-Discovering Myself
Every job has its busy season. For accountants, it is tax season. For retail, it is the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas. For stay-at-home moms who volunteer at their children’s schools, the two busy seasons are Christmas and the spring, which is right now.
What’s so crazy about the spring? There is so much to get done before the end of the school year and there is no time to do it. It’s an impossible balancing act between trying to manage end-of-the year teacher gifts, Staff Appreciation Week, year-end parties, graduations, and the final art projects of the year in the spare minutes not taken up by baseball (a time-sucking beast all its own), lacrosse, basketball, and attending all the year-end parties and Volunteer Teas. My To Do List is long and June 18 is approaching must too fast. In other words, I am currently a stress ball.
Stress is not good for your body. There have been many scientific studies that have shown this, but rather than burden you with facts, I’ll share the Seven Anecdotal Dwarfs of Stress as I have experienced them:
Drive By (as in I’m so distracted by my To Do list that I drive right by the baseball field where I’m supposed to pick up my son)
Poor Eating Choices
Nightlife (and not in a good way)
Cold Sore (never a popular dwarf)
Neglect (as in letting go of laundry, grocery shopping, and a clean house)
Nothing on that list is good, but I would argue that stress can be a good thing in small doses, because when I am stressed, I get things done.
It’s true. With a good dose of my sympathetic nervous system hormones and ½ bottle of 5-Hour Energy (my new BFF: thank you Carrie!), I can accomplish anything. In fact, when I am in this state, I add things to my list because I know they will get done in my stress-frenzy. This particular spring, I have added a bathroom remodel (which will consist of me sharing a bathroom with my three sons: yikes!) and a thorough spring-cleaning. Why? Because it will get done!
My stress period takes its toll, but it is finite. Come June 19, my entire To Do List will be complete. I will revert back to my normal, relaxed state in a mere 51 days, and I will have 2 graduates, a new bathroom, a de-cluttered home, and another successful year of teaching Explore Art to show for it. That will be worth a celebration…in the form of a nice, long nap.