Limbo

I’m feeling a bit bleurgh at the moment (a technical term I’ll have you know!). It’s not a full-on depressive episode yet (I don’t think) but it’s feeling like a huge struggle just to remain in a relative coping place…but then when is mental health ever a walk in the park, really? It pretty much always feels like I am struggling in one way or other.

For now, at least, I feel like I have done with sliding down the hill towards rock bottom, which was what happened at the start of the therapy break, and have finally got a fingertip hold on something semi-solid that has allowed me to stop and take stock. I daren’t move though, rock bottom is still a long way off, thank god, but I feel like adjusting my position may result in me losing my precarious grip and careering at speed downwards again. I can’t risk that so I am staying here stuck in a kind of uncomfortable limbo.

Put it this way, I am not where I would like to be at this point in the holidays!

I don’t feel especially solid.

I’m certainly not grounded.

I can feel anxiety creeping around the edges.

I’ve woken up feeling queasy for the last four days.

The attachment pain is really there just before bed and any time I let my mind drift towards therapy.

It’s all a bit shit really.

Moan. Moan. Moan!

I daren’t look too far ahead because 3rd September feels like a very long time in the future and it makes me even more aware that I’m not even half way through the break yet – it’s still three weeks until I see my therapist in person – nooooooooooo! Having said that, I am meant to have a Skype on the 20th so I shouldn’t complain. I am just massively aware that it could go belly up next week.

I am experiencing the usual conflicting feelings:

I love you/I hate you

Please come back/Fuck off I never want to see you again

and what I really don’t want to happen is to have a Skype session that semi opens up stuff, doesn’t really do the job, isn’t especially connecting, and then be left for a further two weeks for phase two of the therapy break.

I think I just about have a handle on things right now but I’m not stupid, I’ve been here enough times to know that there is a real possibility of me trying to sabotage my therapy before September is here. The teen part of me that wants to give up is never far from the surface and on breaks, especially long ones, she gets quite vocal. She’s still angry about the last session before the break. Seriously, ‘imagine something you like doing’….FFS!

Feeling stuck in this limbo state/place is pants. My last session seems a long time ago (eve though it was actually only two weeks ago) and all the good things I feel about my therapy/therapist seem to have evaporated now…. and yet the crap parts haven’t, they remain there! It’s not ideal. I’m beginning to put my therapist in the bracket of people that reject and abandon me rather than who do their best to help me. (I do know how crazy it is – but it is how it is!).

You can probably tell from this post that my mind is all over the shop. In addition to this, I seem to have no energy at all. My motivation has gone on holiday (along with my therapist – grr!), and all I really want to do is lie in bed and sleep for hours on end or, failing that, sprawl out on the sofa and eat biscuits and chocolate. Essentially once the kids get to bed at 6pm that is exactly what I have been doing- filling my face with sugary things in some mindless stupor state in front of the TV and then crawling into bed and sleeping for as long as I can reasonably get away with (which, to be fair, with two young kids never extends much beyond 6:45am).

Put it this way, I’m not scoring big on the mindfulness and self-care scales right now! Although I am not over-exercising or under-eating (clearly!) so I suppose generally vegetating and resting shouldn’t be seen as a criminal activity. The critical voice in my head is starting to give me a hard time, though:

Lazy.

Fat.

Sloth-like creature.

I am just not particularly good at stopping and doing nothing. I always feel like I ought to be doing something, keeping busy, achieving things. I’m not working again for a couple more weeks as it’s the school holidays. I need to keep reminding myself that it’s A HOLIDAY – not just other people’s (my T, the kids I teach, my own children) mine too and that means a break from the usual drudgery of school runs, work, having to be in a specific place at a particular time etc.

As much as I moan about it when I am in it, I think routine does me good to an extent. I’m not great at this long drawn out time off. I do wonder, though, how much of this is because in the back of my mind (ok quite close to the front!) is the fact that I am on a therapy break and frankly I am not someone who does especially well without regular therapy. Ha! I mean I am not exactly willing the clock forward to September to re-enter the world of ‘Please put your shoes on! I’ve asked you four times already. We are going to be late.’

Having said that, I think with young kids, time off is rarely ‘time off’. Since my son’s birthday last Monday we’ve been busyish: swimming lessons, cinema, ice cream parlour, farm park, a couple of playdates, baking, making pizzas from scratch, a visit to a soft play centre as well as a fair bit of playing in the garden, oh, and we/the dog delivered a litter of puppies yesterday. It’s not exactly been a dull existence!

I don’t know what’s wrong with me really. I just feel a bit stuck. Whilst, clearly, elements of my life are carrying on as normal and I would say I’m doing a good enough job at parenting at the minute- the kids are happy- underneath the exterior of ‘with it and together mum’ the other stuff is bubbling away. I guess that’s the problem. Usually I have somewhere to let ‘the other stuff’ out and right now I don’t. I’m very much aware of operating of multiple levels. I find it tiring at the best of times and perhaps without my release valve I’m finding it all a bit more exhausting?

Who knows?

Maybe I am just getting depressed. Or maybe I am about to get sick. Or perhaps it’s just that my period is on its way… whatever it is I want to feel a bit more energised and less like I am going through the motions. I want to feel present in my life rather than as though I am spectating from the sidelines. The only saving grace is that no one would know I feel this way. It is not evident that I am struggling. I would hate for my kids to feel like ‘mummy is checked out’….and I guess they don’t know because it’s only parts of me that are. I guess maybe it’s part of the beauty of being fragmented – the bits that can’t cope aren’t really seen and the ‘carrying on with everyday life self’ is a damn good autopilot.

Errr what else? I’m scraping the barrel a bit with this post – no therapy to talk about!! haha.

I’ve been without internet for the last few days due to a cock up with changing provider. Seamless transition it was not! And so the one positive was that I haven’t been in this ‘bleurgh’ state and additionally whiling away the hours mindlessly on my phone flicking between WhatsApp, Facebook, WordPress, Instagram. Even NetFlix hasn’t been a possibility!

A social media blackout is not necessarily a bad thing every now and again. I do it at Christmas and always feel quite good having gone screen-free for a bit. You might be thinking, why not use your phone for the internet…well, I live in a signal/data blackspot and so have to go in the garden and stand in a specific place to get anything at all and it’s so intermittent that it’s not even worth it. It’s so circa 1995!

Everything went live again yesterday evening and actually it felt like a bit of an attack to the system. I have been off radar with a few friends this last week due to feeling so crappy and so I’ve been trying to be a bit present again. I just find it really hard.

I really have nothing at all to say today!… but having already gone more than a week between posts I wanted to write something. This, post, shall hereby be filed under ‘bleurgh’ and sink to the depths of unread trash!

Actually. I posted this on my Twitter feed the other day…and it says it all x

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Author: rubberbandsandchewinggum

Mid-thirties. Mum of two. Procrastinator. Therapy and mental health blogger.

14 thoughts on “Limbo”

  1. It’s so shit. My session is on the 3rd too and after a week, I’m feeling it! A lot of people seem to have an issue with that coping place, but I don’t! It gets me through a lot of the time and doesn’t stop me from connecting in session. I think that the exhaustion comes from keeping everything inside rather than having that release.
    It’s good that you’re busy with the kids. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with kids seeing your feelings, but I get that you want to enjoy the time with them. It sounds like they are having a great time. 🙂
    I hope that you are able to connect on Monday despite it not being in person. Take care x

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    1. I agree there’s nothing wrong with kids seeing your feelings – however I am very aware of what it feels like to live with a parent who is inconsistent and depressed. I can make an effort for my kids because I don’t want them thinking how I am is their fault. I think it’s healthy to discuss emotions but equally my kids do not need to experience the finer details of my mental health at age 4 and 6. They’ve already seen Mummy go through cancer and are hugely affected by that. Life is tricky isn’t it?!

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  2. I, like you, am 100% a routine person. And while school and sporting events take a lot of time, at least I can plan what happens day to day. It all seems to go out the window with holiday breaks.
    It might sound awful but I find long breaks with my kids agonizingly painful. I love them, but DAMN, it’s a lot of work. I often feel like a bad mother acting all bat-shit crazy while other mothers are all smiley and happy. I often wonder to myself if they have a maid or nanny or don’t work and have oodles of time to bake and do all the fun things (not all the time, but some days for sure). In some ways I sort of look forward to the days where my kids sleep till noon (and me along with them)…or at least past 6:30 am. :/
    Anyways, I think you’re doing fab with the break regardless of how you’re feeling! I’m glad you get to talk with your T soon and I hope it helps to alleviate a bit of the ‘bleurgh’. xx

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    1. I don’t think other mothers are smiley and happy – everyone I know is acting! Not saying it’s all a big show but everyone is struggling in one way or another. I’d love someone to clean my house and a bit of babysitting but no budget for that …. unless I jack in therapy 🤔- hmmm that’d pay for a lot of help! Lol! Part of me is excited or sleepy teenage years for the extra sleep but I’m not ready for additional attitude. My six year old daughter is sure she is 16!! Take care and soon be September 😂

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  3. Oh how I know these conflicting feelings well. All I have to say is that whatever place you are in right now, it’s okay! It sounds based on the tone of this post that you are handling yourself pretty well, despite all the annoying back and forth feelings therapy breaks dredge up. Props to you for finding your way back!! I, too, agree that routine can be a wonderful thing as much as it can be an exhausting one. I struggle once the busyness has subsided too, and try to give myself permission to be lazy and sloth-like. And honestly, the truth is we’re not those two things. You do so, so, so much all the time and eventually you’ve just got to rest and recharge. Even if that means sugary snacks and social media. It’s all okay, because that won’t last forever! Is there a way for you to find routine in the empty space?

    Anyway, I hope the skype session goes well. I really do. I hope it’s connecting and sets you up for two more weeks. You may not be halfway to the 3rd, but you’re more than halfway to that session, and that’s something! Hugs xx

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    1. Thanks lovely! Yeah, I’m doing as well as I can and have to take some positives in the fact that I haven’t fallen into systematically destroying myself this break. I’m basically a big ball of lethargy this time around 😂. Enjoying time with kids but also could use a few hours time out I think. Hugs to you x

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