In a previous post, I set some goals for myself for 90 days. I'm about 30 days in and it's been a struggle. I'm struggling with writing, I'm struggling at work.... I'm just plain struggling with everything. And I don't have much fight left in me! I feel like I am not making any progress on my WIP. Of course, I AM making progress. It's just that it's very SLOW progress. I'm working more hours at a more stressful job and I feel like it's taking everything I've got.
I've narrowed much of the problem down to one thing. When I feel stressed/pressured/unhappy, I immediately stop taking care of myself. Which is the worst possible thing I could do, right? But that's what I do. Because time spent meditating, sleeping, and exercising is time that I won't have for writing or family. And of course then I don't do any of those things, and I'm a tired, stressed, unhealthy mess and can't write or be a good mom/wife. It's a vicious cycle. And one I'm having a lot of trouble breaking.
I'm sure we all struggle with this. How do you find balance in your life without feeling bitter and cheated (ie: my damned day job is stealing my life!) ?