Needing quiet

woman-1958723_1920We’ve been down a person at work this week. As a result, everyone has been a lot busier and I’ve been answering far more phone calls than I’d like. Monday was the worst. After a hectic day of dealing with clients, I went home to do some much-needed food prep.

Now I love making food. It’s relaxing and a great way to unwind. Not so when your roommate camps out in the kitchen for the entire three hours you’re cooking. She didn’t have anything that required the kitchen. She just wanted to be social. By the end of it, my half-hearted replies weren’t even coherent and I wanted to curl up in a ball. I made my escape as soon as I finished up the dishes.

When I’m overwhelmed my brain doesn’t function. I can’t explain how I’m feeling. I can’t think or analyze. Emotions, feelings, irritability, and frustration ebb and flow in my mind. I can’t piece out in words replies to normal questions or comments. And unfortunately, telling my roommate I’ve had a busy day and am feeling dead isn’t enough for her to lay off.

To counteract the overwhelm, I went full anti-social on Tuesday and Wednesday after work. It was a success! I felt so much better. I did have a Tango class on Wednesday night. But I love dance class, so it’s not something that’s too draining.

But it was a good reminder of how delicate the balance is between quiet and noise. With a busy spring and summer coming up I need to be more aware and proactive about taking the quiet time I need.

How’s your week going?

16 thoughts on “Needing quiet

  1. Life of Hayley says:

    So true! I am covering for a maternity leave right now at work which means doing my co-worker’s full time job in addition to my full time job. By the end of the day I am exhausted! My husband is super extroverted and needs lots of socialization so he’s had to have one of the guys come over every night to hang out with him so I can re-energize! I do agree that it is so hard to find the balance and do what is right for yourself πŸ™‚

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  2. Warrior Freya says:

    I had my first day of training at the gym today with my new personal trainer. Even though the initial steps of getting back into the swing of things were hard, I’m glad that I’ve done them.

    Hopefully, tomorrow goes smoothly for you. It’s almost the weekend. : 3

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    • Ally says:

      That’s awesome, so happy you’re able to get back into a routine. Thank you, I’m already feeling better and looking forward to the weekend πŸ™‚ Hope you have a great one as well!

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  3. pearlgirl says:

    I completely relate to those feelings of overwhelm where nothing is coherent and emotions and irritability blur together. I’ve had a busy couple weeks, and today get some time to rest. It’s hard when you’re living with someone who doesn’t understand your needs, but I’m glad you’re able to recognize when you need space and to find it at other times.

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