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It’s been a while, with teething and returning to work, finding time to get online whilst having the brain power to do anything cohesive has been tough. This post was actually written a couple of months ago and just needed checking, so finally, here it is, partially inspired by listening today to my very pregnant and arguably even more stressy friend worrying about cleaning her 3 bathrooms in between cooking separate meals for her now quite fussy 1.5yr old whilst working and moving/decorating a new house (my life now feels like a bastion of calm!):
Some people who know me (and have seen the state of my house) may be surprised to hear that one of my biggest flaws is my sense of perfectionism.
Sadly the way this manifests is as follows:
I.e. If I can’t do it perfectly I don’t bother at all.
The problem with having a baby is that there’s never really enough time to do anything, which leads to me fixating on all the stuff I ought to do (rather than acknowledging what I actually have done) then going into meltdown mode and becoming totally incompetent. At which point my very chilled husband has to mop up the puddle of overtired, hormonal emotion that I’ve become, reassure me that I’m not utterly useless, and tell me to chill out a bit and try not to do so much, just prioritise the things that have to be done, or that will leave me less stressed after, rather than trying to do everything. Of course trying to prioritise does lead me to consider all the things that need to be done and the positive feedback process begins again
As this is clearly both ridiculous and a recipe for a nervous breakdown I’ve decided things need to change.
Based on the last few week’s experience, these will include:
So these are my new stress-less not-quite-resolutions. We’ll see if they’ll work!