I've spent the past three weeks feeling that I'm just barely hanging on by my fingertips. It seemed like every time I turned around, something *had* to get done by yesterday, and I couldn't keep up. Things at work got very backed up, the house was a wreck, I lost touch with friends (here on HW and also locally!). And the more things spun out of control, the more I just kind of curled up in a ball and hoped they'd pass by. The baby steps just would not come, and I felt like a loser.
Now I'm feeling more "up" again and can at least take the baby steps and feel good about them: clean one room but don't worry about the whole house. Start one task at work but don't worry about getting it completely done in one day. Come back on line and keep up with all of you wonderful folks as I can, but don't worry about reading every post in every thread. Etc.
I just wish I could have felt like this three weeks ago. Does anybody have any good strategies for not getting buried by busy-ness in the first place? It always makes me feel frantic, off balance, and then I'm much more prone to nervous, obsessive thinking about how I might have done something wrong or offended someone. I just never seem to make any progress in preventing the burying in the first place.