Today is Day 12 in the 31 days to Loving Sensory Parenting. You can read the entire series here.
When overwhelm takes over.
I don’t know about you, but for me I lose it all when I’m overwhelmed. In the past couple of weeks we’ve had a round of sickness in our house (Miss Sensory had strep and I had something viral). We spent an entire day at a Pediatric Developmental Optometrist getting testing done and adding additional therapy for home. I hosted a freezer party in my home with 6 other ladies and we made 16 meals each!
So the overwhelm has taken over and I am sinking.
Behavior with a sensory seeker on amoxicillin and allergy meds is a challenge. A typical day with our high needs child is overwhelming add in anything else and it’s near my breaking point. So when you feel overwhelmed it’s time to take a step back.
I need a day to re-group. To look over everything we are doing and everything we have going on in life and prioritize. Today on the top of my daily schedule I actually wrote “Don’t do it ALL!” I need space in my life to breathe.
Therapy alone can be overwhelming. Paying for it, getting to it and doing it at home. Part of loving sensory parenting for me is navigating when I feel overwhelmed before I get to the breaking point. Learning how to do this for yourself is challenging because if you are like me you usually put yourself last.
It means giving yourself a little more grace for all that you do, all that you are doing. It means letting go of doing everything and making sure you take care of yourself. You cannot do it all and that’s ok. It means saying no to things you’d like to do or be involved with. It means not doing it ALL.