Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Spring Overwhelm!

It's that time of the year again.
Overwhelm strikes me about the same time as the tulip poplars bloom in May. I know that part of the feeling is because the pollen of tulip poplars gives me a headache and sore throat and I feel tired by afternoon.
The weeds are already getting ahead of me!
The house needs more frequent cleaning because of the sticky yellow pollen that blends with the cat hair and the dust!
Then there are all the creative projects I want to complete before the hot summer arrives...
And there are so many fun things to do, books to read, etc.
So what am I doing to alleviate my feeling of overwhelm??? Well, I am writing this blog  as I promised to write a blog every week no matter what...I imagine someone will read it who is also feeling overwhelmed.
I put my lovely ancient peony flowered cotton sheets on my bed.There is nothing like a fresh , clean, beautiful bed after a lovely scented bath at night. I have this to look forward to now.
I am doing one small do-able task at a time and then having a dance break and/or a drink of water. It is surprising how many things I can get done when I divide them up into smaller tasks and vary my activity ( I do not attempt to do ALL of the laundry in one day-too daunting!)
I cut some roses for my bedroom and my bathroom (and pulled a few weeds as well.
I photographed these flowers for today's blog!
Princess Tree outside my kitchen window
Fringe Tree in my secret garden
New Orleans roses varieties in my greenhouse
Close up of Lady Hillingdon- smells divine!

So, that's how I am coping with overwhelm. As usual I rely on Appreciating Beauty Everyday to see me through the tough times like overwhelm when I feel like hiding under the covers.
What do you do when you feel overwhelmed ? How do you cope with that sinking almost hopeless feeling that things are just too much to deal with?
I would love to see your comments! Please reply here or on Facebook or email me. Also have a look at my Pinterest Boards  https://www.pinterest.com/colleen2322/

3 comments:

annabanana1987 said...

Ah, thanks for this lovely post! I've been feeling overwhelemed as well lately. Whenever I find myself feeling the way I do right now I spend as much time as I can outside and away from the things that make me feel overwhelemd, like the amount of teacher prep work I have waiting for me at my house! It really helps me to clear my mind and put things in perspective. Being in nature always helps!

colleen said...

I am so happy you like my post, Anna! Thank you for commenting. I hope you can enjoy some time outside everyday to put things in perspective.

Barbara Fisher said...

Hello Colleen, I do much the same as you. I weed a bit, dust a bit, sit for a while, read, eat something delicious and then do a few more tasks. I also visit my favourite blogs (like yours) and write something for mine. That way I not only get through the tough days, but I also feel I’ve achieved something. I hate going to bed feeling that nothing has been achieved.
Thank you for this beautiful post. Barbara

PS. I've just followed your ‘clothes to wear’ board on Pinterest. If you would like to take a look at my Pinterest boards, you will find me at https://uk.pinterest.com/barbaraafisher/