Honoring the Overwhelm

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Hello again.

I feel like I say that a lot. I write a post, lament on how busy I've been, apologize, and promise to do better in the future, and then disappear for another three weeks. During those three weeks, I fill pages in my blog notebook with ideas for posts, I start drafting versions and taking pictures. Then homework calls, or class starts, or I'm already really behind on something and feel guilty for doing something fun when I should be working. I know there are bloggers and other students out there who feel me, who are in the same place. There is literally so much to do, and just not enough hours in the day to do them.

So, how do you deal with overwhelm?

Obviously, I'm no expert. In fact, I would say that I'm really horrible at dealing with overwhelm, and I am more overwhelmed than I have been in a very long time. So far, senior year has proved to be the most difficult, demanding, and stressful year of college, even though I'm taking fewer classes and they are classes I love.

Lately, in the face of my overwhelm, I am learning how to deal with it. Unlike my normal overwhelm coping mechanism, where I just put my head down and plow through whatever is causing the overwhelm, I'm trying something new. Instead of just trying to hold out and survive until my next break, I'm facing the overwhelm head on by honoring it and being thankful for it.

I'm overwhelmed because I'm doing so many cool things. I have two jobs - both at museums, both of which I adore - and I'm writing a thesis and doing research about Caen, a place that holds a piece of my heart. I just moved into a beautiful loft, and I'm spending more time with my amazing friends.

My overwhelm is because life is beautiful. I am so grateful that my overwhelm is a result of so many beautiful, amazing things.

Every day, I try to honor the overwhelm. If that sounds trippy - I get it. But shifting my perspective about my overwhelm has made these things seemWAY more feasible.

How do you deal with your overwhelm? Leave me a comment or stop by my instagram to let me know!

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