I don’t know if I have end of year burnout or if i’m just plain going crazy, but i’m so frustrated and just really tired of basically everything. I’m tired of homeschooling, of cooking, of cleaning, of paying bills, of my Dh racing on his computer everything is really getting to me. This school year has been pretty good, we’ve had some rough patches, but we’re doing o.k. So, What’s wrong with me?
This is normal. You are having a delayed February blues (that’s when I always get them anyway.) Where are you? Is the weather nice? You need some nice spring Mental Health Days–declare a few days of nature study and get outdoors! Have a picnic or two instead of cooking, leave the cleaning for a day or two, pay only enough to keep the late fees away, sweetly suggest some family unplugged time to dh, and GO OUTSIDE already.
“It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want – oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!” ~ Mark Twain
Not to treat it lightly, but it can be somewhat that. We changed up our schedule this week and it has really helped. Taking a spring break can help, too. Are you remembering to nap, have dates with you husband, and put something that you consider recreational in the schedule periodically?
I think we expect that we can just keep up a pace with no end and feel like failures when our energy is gone. God did not create us that way! I find that spending that morning time with the Lord is also crucial to my attitude and ability to serve my family. I will be praying for you; for all of us moms during this time of the year! I think I would never make a long-distance runner; I tend to putter out toward the end, but Jesus is able.
We always take a few days off at this time of year…the weather is springlike and we are all ready to down tools and have some relaxation time….so that is what we do. I always have budgeted spring/cabin fever days into my schedule, so we can take a break….otherwise burnout is sure to follow. Agree with the others, take a bit of a break and have some down time and fun….Linda
We’ve just taken a 2 week break. For the first week my husband and I took a seperate vacation from our boys who spent the week with their Aunt and cousins. We start back to our regular schedule on Tuesday right after the Easter holiday. Before this break I was right were you are. So I definatley agree: get yourself a new routine! Spend some time outside if the weather’s at all decent, and just do some things that you haven’t done in a while.
Now I’m trying to finish getting my ducks in a row to start third term. I’m trying to change things up a bit, add some dimensions as we’ve had a fairly light year — trying to focus on the basics in this first year of homeschool. It’s time to kick things up a notch for this final term. Days are still pretty cool, but we’re starting the term with a Weather unit and will keep a graph record of the temperature over the next month. I am hoping we see the line steadily rising. I do plan to get us out more. We’ve been cooped up since the middle of October! (Our first snow fall was Oct 5th and it’s been a long, cold, wet winter. Not a lot of snow, but too windy and wet to really spend much time outside.)
Wow! Thank you ladies so much! It never dawned on me that I could have spring fever, but it really could be that. And I haven’t been sleeping that well since the time change, I hate it when the time changes.
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