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MANN: Stress in the springtime

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March 21, 2019 - 12:00 PM

OPINION


We are two days into spring and I am anxious about soaking in every possible sun beam, and breathing in all the familiar smells of spring before it all blows by too quickly — as is the usual way of things — things we look forward to that is.
 
Spring is associated with new beginnings, birth, growth and the ending of a constant stream of cold viruses circling the home (this is especially true if you have young children).
 
Something about spring allows for a refocusing of energy — wherever that energy is directed, or to whom, is up to you.
 
But the season of spring can be stressful as well.

New beginnings are great, but they come with a laundry list of things to do and plan, and not everyone is ready to discard the security blanket of winter.
 
Spring break is here, and I have witnessed the morning scrambles of parents trying to shuttle their ‘vacationing’ children off to various places, while trying to maintain a work-life balance.
 
Bottom line, not everyone has a spring break from work, but they are also feeling the pressures of creating a spring break experience for their children — playdates, sporting events, visits to grandma and grandpa’s, etc. 
 
And spring can also be messy.
 
The snow is melting, and mud is arriving in vast quantities.
 
And let me tell you, kids are excellent at finding the biggest, muddiest puddles or hills to jump in and on – and don’t think they won’t also go for a swim if you let them.
 
But it’s good for the immune system right? That’s what I keep telling myself anyway.

I hope no one was watching as I carried my naked son into my house the other day, who has this amazing habit of getting as dirty as possible without even trying. 
 
We also tend to clean our houses in the springtime, which unless you really enjoy cleaning (and I know some of you are out there), it can be a big task.
 
Doors are opening up to let the fresh air and sunlight in, and lines of dust that have never been seen are waiting to be brushed off and out.
 
For those of us who have kept to our indoor routines this winter, we are looking forward to hosting friends and cooking on the bbq (not me — I’m scared the barbecue will blow up), and that means a little tidying up.
 
Cleaning can be stressful.

And I am still recovering from the effects of Daylight Savings Time. It wasn’t exactly a smooth transition.

My daughter is still asking why she has to start getting ready for bed while the sun is still awake.
 
Fair question.

For those of you that got through to the other side relatively unscathed, you’ll have to let me in on your big secrets.
 
But it does feel good to not worry about running from the house to the car without a coat on, and to get excited about all of the things spring has to offer.

I hope everyone has stress-free spring, but if not, don’t worry — you aren’t alone.

— Becky is a 30-something, red haired, mother of two, trying to navigate this life as best she can. She enjoys talking to people and discovering their stories. Still trying to balance her personal and professional life, she juggles work and play. In her spare time Becky can be found visiting with friends, spending time with her family and saving time by reading while walking.


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