Fatigue is Not My FriendDistressed Housewife / August 12, 2013
Fatigue is DEFINITELY not my friend.Â I’m a bit of a wreck when I’m tired.Â I’m tired today due to being woken up by an off-colourÂ four-year old and consequently lying awake for hours, thinking.Â Being tired is not good for my head.Â When I’ve had a good night’s sleep (and with the help of a low dose of happy pills) I think I’m a fairly well-balanced, reasonable person.Â When I haven’t…well, I’m not.
Don’t get me wrong, I feel grateful for everything I’ve got; I accept that we’re not loaded but we’ve enough money to get by and a roof over our heads.Â I feel lucky to have the option to stay at home with my children.Â Â I feel hopeful that my writing might turn into something that will eventually pay my way.Â I have a lovely family and great friends.Â None of that changes just because I’m tired.
The difference is that when I’m tired, my defences are down…and that’s when the anxiety creeps in.Â I start to worry about money;Â that it’s too much pressure on my husband to be the sole bread-winner and that I should go out and get a ‘proper’ job, just bite the bullet and go back to teaching.Â I fret obsessively about spending, like forking out for two lots of uniforms, the impendingÂ and necessary buying of expensive school shoes, the fact that we need a new fridge freezer that doesn’t leak, a newÂ tumble dryer (without a broken door) and a decent bathroom.
I still feel lucky to have the option to stay at home with my children but I also get resentful ofÂ the constant demands and bickering.Â I worry that I’m not spending enoughÂ ‘quality time’ with them because I’m on myÂ laptop for large chunks of the day.Â I’m short-tempered and feel annoyed at myself for taking out my moods on them.Â On days like this I feel physically sick when our eldest wants to play out because I convince myself something awful will happen to him when he’s out of my sight and I half hope it will rain so he’ll stay in where it’s safe.Â It’s not rational but it’s how I feel.
On days like today, I don’t feel the least bitÂ hopeful my writing will turn into anything that will earn me a living.Â I think I’m kidding myself, playing at something futile, wasting my time.Â It feels like aÂ laughable pipe dream andÂ I feelÂ crushingly sad thatÂ I won’t fulfil myÂ aspirations or gain the sort of professionalÂ and personal recognition that I crave.
Despite my lovely family and great friends, on days like today I feel lonely to the point where it feelsÂ unbearable.Â It’s like beingÂ in limbo; not being the best wife, mum or friend I can be and not doing anything of any consequence, either…and then I feel horribly guilty and ungrateful because I AM doing something meaningful, looking after my three beautiful boys.
Yet, on days like today, I can’t help feeling ‘invisible’.Â I should be satisfied to be JUST a mum and JUST a wife with writing as an enjoyable hobby but I can’t help wondering:Â Where the hell did I go?Â Who am I without something just for me?Â And then it feels as though I’m failing spectacularly and frustration kicks me right between the eyes.
I hope I get a good night’s sleep tonight.Â I hope that tomorrow I won’t feel like this, or that at least it won’t be so overwhelming that I feel like I’m drowning.Â Today, the happy pills aren’t enough to stop the negative thoughts creepingÂ in.Â Hopefully tomorrow they will be.