A lesson on "eustress" is one I haven't forgotten from my high school psychology class. Good stress is still stressful, my teacher said. It can tax your body and wear you out.
The last ten days have been focused on end-of-school-year celebrations and goodbyes, the major transition of high school graduation for our youngest child, the celebration of his accomplishments, and the preparation for his upcoming major jaw surgery.
The heightened social activity at work and home has exhausted my introverted limits for interaction. I am yearning for a solo retreat that can't happen because of the surgery preparations...Which will lead to the surgery recovery...Which leads to college orientation and preparation...Which puts us right back to the beginning of next school year.
Yes, most of this is eustress. I've wrapped up a successful fourth year as a librarian. It's a good thing that our child has grown, will be healthier as a result of this surgery, will go off to college to pursue his dreams. But stress is stress, and it is wearing me out.