Hope you're having a good weekend!

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Hope you're having a good weekend!
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Sat, 01-30-2010 - 11:18am

...or at least a better weekend than I am..joking!

I've been having a tough time juggling work, family responsibilities, and school lately. My grades are still very good, thankfully, but I feel stressed out and tired a lot. I've been doing some variation of full-time work and school (part- or full-time) plus taking care of my family and helping care for my elderly dad for YEARS....it's finally starting to wear me down emotionally and physically. The only thing I can actually change is school, since I have to work full-time, but I am NOT about to give that up. So, I'm trying to focus on stress management - yoga, relaxation exercises, asking for more help when I need it, etc.

I know you can all relate! Sometimes, it just becomes overwhelming.

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Sat, 01-30-2010 - 12:34pm

I'm feeling overwhelmed too - I think its the "back to school shock" that I am feeling...those 5 weeks off spoiled me and now doing homework basically 24/7 is killing me.

This weekend...a math quiz, 30 homework problems, chapter to read in bio and 2 quizzes, 50 chem problems and a lab write up. All by Tuesday. I don't see HOW there is even enough hours in the day to do it all by then. Then this morning the kids were horrible, fighting and such so I couldn't get anything done. Dh took them to the grocery store right now, then he's going to take them out again later. But geesh - I feel like I can't anything done when they are all home, but I there is no way I can finish it all during the week. I probably just need to leave on the weekends and spend the whole thing in the library.






































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Sat, 01-30-2010 - 1:49pm

Ahhh...it feels good to know I'm not the only one suffering..lol!

I know what you mean about lack of time to get it all done. Sometimes, I have to do class work after a 12 hour shift, and it KILLS me. I feel like life is work, school work, family obligations, sneaking in some exercise, and that's about it. Socialization? Forget it! I haven't gone anywhere or done anything that wasn't family related in what seems like a decade. The the rare times I do have time, I'm too exhausted to think about leaving the house! And it scares me to think about how much LESS time there will be when I have to throw my internship on top of all this in a few months.

I've never done a spa day, but it's starting to sound pretty good to me. Maybe having people rub things on me will help me feel better!

Now that we have all of that out of our systems...do you feel better? ;)




Edited 1/31/2010 3:47 pm ET by justiceandtruth
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Sun, 01-31-2010 - 12:06am
Ha I have the same issues...not enough hours in the day and I get nothing accomplished when the kids are up. I have DS in my lap right now so most of this post is two steps forward one step back...
My approach is not healthy at all. I just stay up long after the kids go to bed or get up unreasonably early and do my schoolwork then...so I pretty much don't sleep!
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Sun, 01-31-2010 - 10:39pm

I knew there was a reason why I would love this board!

Ever since I started school one thing that has suffered is my social life. Because I spend between 8 to 14 hours on campus, my friends consist of students who are 15 years younger than me. The only people in my life who are my age, are my professors and my husband, LOL!

When I do get breaks from school and try to hang out with my girlfriends, I find I can no longer relate to their conversations. I will have just had a stimulating conversation about the impact the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on the Wickard case has had on the Commerce Clause and the Federal Government, and my girlfriends are talking about how they plan to decorate their tables for Thanksgiving. I don't want to diminish what is important to them, but I'm finding I just don't have anything to add their conversations anymore.

Is anyone else experiencing this?

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Mon, 02-01-2010 - 7:50am

I'm pretty lucky I guess - my social life is actually pretty good...date nights with dh every 2 weeks or so, then on the other weekends its usually Girls Night Out with friends closing down the local pool hall or some bar/pub or a party at someone's house.

I only sort of have the issue of not having as much in common. I'm personally totally happy to just talk "fluff" when I am outside of school...I like to leave "academia" behind when we are out drinking and just gossip or talk about crap! My problem is that everyone here that I know is a stay at home mom, so none can really relate to the juggling act of having anything else going on besides your kids. For them, their kids, their kid's activities are #1 priority in their life. They really aren't in mine, school and my kids are tied, often school wins, and they just don't understand that.






































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Mon, 02-01-2010 - 11:32am

I don't seem to have problems about not having things in common with people, I feel I just can't fit in time for anything besides school, family, and work. Many weeks, I end up working 45-50 hours on top of my school work, and the few hours of free time I do have, I'm either wiped out or the little time I have I want to spend it with my family.

We all have our unique challenges!