As nursing professionals, many of us are simply too busy. We have multitasked ourselves into exhaustion. Our lives are filled with the details of living. We juggle career, home, marriage and kids. The list is long and it’s demanding. I often talk to nurse friends or colleagues who feel exhausted, overwhelmed and unable to cope with their busy lifestyles.
Last week, one of my co-workers shared that she has recently relocated from another state with her husband and children for him to attend a university graduate program. In this process, they had left a cherished pet behind with a trusted family member. Red faced and teary eyed she shared her reluctance to take the animal back.
Now settled into her new life, new home, new schools and even a new management job for herself, she was ready to reconnect with her beloved cat. “If I add one single item to my ‘to do’ list [changing the litter box], I feel that my world will completely collapse around me,” she stated. She searched my eyes for an answer. The waves of tension, fear and frustration showing on her face were about to sweep over her entirely. She was drowning in the details of her own life. She was suffocating from the endless ‘to do’ lists lining her calendar and adorning her refrigerator.
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