My morning routine looks like an old Charlie Chaplin movie, everything moving 5 speeds faster than humans can actually go. I'm doing my mental checklist, not just for myself, but for my entire family which is keeping my mind racing as much as the physical movement around the house.
Logging on to work, navigating meeting overload all while trying to get my own work done. In the middle of the day, my widowed mom calls because she's having trouble with her car and needs help. Not much longer after that, the school calls because my daughter fell in gym. It's only 10:00.
Back to the grind at work, I put the finishing touches on the huge project I was working on and have my two one-on-ones with my team to ensure we are aligning expectations.
I know I need to start my self assessment, I'm working hard on a big promotion and I also know I'm up against three millennials who want the same position. How do I bubble up experience and not age?
At lunchtime, I throw in a load of laundry at the same rapid pace I throw food down my throat. It's all too fast and too much. As I'm eating, I'm thinking about all the things I need to get done. I have a huge client meeting with the CMO of X company and the rep is pushing for numbers from the analytics team. I'm pushing from my end too but pushing remote is not the same as walking by someone's office. The anxiety is lifting for the third time today.
I flash forward to the end of the work day at 6 when I have to prep dinner and do homework with my learning challenged daughter. Oh, and the bills too.
I could go on, but you get the point.
Gen X women, we have mistakenly thought that having it all means doing it all.
We are on overdrive all the time. Our anxiety is through the roof, our stress is out of control and our happiness seems to be plummeting.
We don't have to wait it out. With awareness and pinpointing what needs to give, we can make changes that support our needs at work and at home.
I was this person..for years. And while yes, there are some days that still look as manic as this, they are few and far between.
You don't have to suffer anxiety and stress in silence. If you are saying, 'this is just how it is' I can tell you, know it isn't. In our Facebook community, Just Gen X - The Resting Mind and on our Podcast Make Your Life Magnificent, we dig into all of this to help Gen X women grab hold of the life they want and let go of the beliefs around the life they have.