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overwhelmed exhausted / Topaz dealing w family / dear self, take down-time dammit! / links pls?


icon: "overwhelmed (the character Keenan from "Playing By Heart," with hands over their face covering their eyes and head tilted back)"


In case you couldn't tell from my sudden lack of presence here, I've been overwhelmed. I managed to post while visiting with my biofamily, which is a great accomplishment! but I never really got a rest, and I didn't get a chance to read my flist while I was there. It has been one thing after another. As soon as I got back, my car wouldn't start and my phone wasn't working and I was behind on bills so I was overwhelmed with money stress. At the same time, Topaz had two family members have serious health issues requiring hospitalization. Topaz was busy every day and on call when at home as both of their parents (who do all the caretaking in the family) were run ragged. So, I did my best to be supportive, but I didn't get the rest and healing time with Topaz that I was counting on after my family excursion.

We ended up having a fight near the end of the week, which only ever happens when we are both totally out of energy. Usually I can set aside any defensive or selfish reactions and empathize when Topaz tells me I upset them, but this time I didn't. I think I could have, but I was in the middle of the process when Topaz asked how I was feeling and the immature selfish part of me took that as an excuse to stop the process and talk about why I was feeling defensive instead of empathizing. And neither of us had the energy to do the self-calming necessary to pull it back to a calm discussion. We didn't do anything cruel like call names or attack character, but we had this whole unneccessary painful feedback loop where we both felt blamed and attacked. And really it was my fault, because I can look at the exact moment when I could have been more kind and I chose not to. I really hate that I reacted that way. And I know I wouldn't have if I had had more energy, because it's not what the majority of me would want to do, but getting defensive and focusing on my own feelings is SO much easier. We did get to a healing point and forgive each other, but I think we both felt upset at how much time was wasted on unneccessary pain.

Then Topaz went on their family vacation, and so I have been going back and forth from my house to theirs every day, taking care of my cat, the visiting cat, and Topaz' rat. I hadn't really seen Heather or Kylei for ages, so I made plans with them and spent time with Heather, Taz, and Hope on Saturday (at a book festival that was HUGE and full of people), then did Intimacy Practice with Heather and Anika on Sunday and met up with Kylei at a flow event (where people get together to hoop and spin fire and basically play with toys in a dancy way), spent time with a bunch of strangers, and spent the night with Kylei and hung out with them on Monday. Then Tuesday I got up early to go to the courthouse with Heather who accompanied me for moral support, picked up some paperwork, and then went to a thrift store that was having an outrageous sale and got some cool stuff for the free store I'm hosting next weekend.

Okay I'm feeling a little better about being so wiped out and drained, after I wrote all that out. I didn't realize I hadn't had a day free of intensity at all this week. It was too much. I must not plan anything else between now and Sunday, so that I can actually get the house in order (which I SOOO don't have the energy to do today).

I'm going to start back keeping up with LJ now, but please, if there is something that you wrote that 1) has great emotional significance to you, or 2) you think would be right up my alley, or 3) you want my input on, please do comment with links. I'm not going to be able to go back and catch up on everything.

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zirochka ══╣╠══
About fighting Topaz near the end of the week - you could, but you did not empathize, instead requested attention to the self. To me it seems like .... when everything is smooth in a relationship there are so few chances to have a conflict (as you said, you hardly ever have that with them). So, initiating a conflict creates up-and-down with reconciliation at the end, which ensures that the person is still values you even in the face of all those external difficulties. I guess you did that semi-automatically and yes, lack of energy adds to one's resistance to control emotions. The time spent on that resolution and healing was not lost, but invested into your relationship... it's just in my perspective.
belenen ══╣analytical╠══
Oh, we have lots of conflict! we just don't have fights. Our conflict is usually a discussion, with no blaming or trying to 'win' and with both people trying to understand as much as they are trying to be understood. A fight is when people are being more invested in being understood than they are trying to understand, or when they are trying to win.

I do feel that the resolution and healing was invested into our relationship -- it just cost us so much more energy than it should have. ah well, I shall try to keep this in my memory so that in the future I have a visceral reminder of why it is so important to empathize first.
b00kl0ver ══╣╠══
kehlen_crow ══╣movies╠══
I wrote nothing that felt really emotionally important, but I have watched several new movies that I liked.

I don't know if you watch movies and which ones interest you, but you may consider "Cinderella Man" and "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World". They are both (the first one more than the second) what it called "human interest" stories that just make me feel better after I watch them.
meri_sielu ══╣forestspirit╠══
Well I got my bird and that's been a huge emotional uplift for me, Scully is probably the best therapy out there for me right now which is a relief because I have been sleeping absolutely appallingly at the moment and feel constantly shattered all the time. X.x

I am sorry you've been feeling emotionally overwhelmed and stress, I hope you are able to bring the peace and balance that you need in life back soon. <3
lilywolfsolomon ══╣╠══
I'm glad writing helped, I hope you're feeling less drained now. Take care of yourself. <3
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