Calm before the storm

The next month or so will be a whirlwind of events, from Quidditch World Cup in Rockhill, SC this weekend to one of my best friends from home visiting- to my parents being in town- to doing a bit of traveling here and there. No doubt I’m a little worried about making sure I’m balanced with school, research, social and most importantly- time to myself.

As most of you know, I’m incredibly social and love being around people- a total extrovert. With that said, I’ve learned over time that as much as an extrovert as I am, I am still capable of being burnt out. I still need that time alone to meditate, to gather my thoughts in hopes of being a better student, better daughter and a better friend. Without that time to myself, I can become easily frustrated. The stress builds up, and it gets the best of me.

It got the best of me tonight, and the storm hasn’t even begun. With thoughts bouncing left and right in my mind, I have to take a step back and consciously remind myself that whatever I’m frustrated with is only for the moment. The trouble may float above water again, but till then, the moment is over and all I can do is look forward with a smile.

Easier said than done, but writing it out while jamming on some smooth Soundcloud tracks is much better than feeling the frustration cooped up inside me.

I write not only for myself, but in hopes that you, my dear reader, may also remember to take care of you, your soul and your mind in the midst of your busy schedule. In our pressured, anxiety-prone, busy-ness driven society, the easiest way to fall into the trap of burn out is to lose sight of the care that you need.

2 thoughts on “Calm before the storm

  1. Nicolette says:

    AHH, Joanne! This is exactly what I needed to read today after feeling this way for a bit. I understand how you feel on so many levels. It’s important to make time for you, even if you love being around others. I forget that sometimes and then it gets the best of me. I hope you can find that time this week, too 🙂 Thanks for motivating me to do so.

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