Home reno projects stress me out

I find them disruptive.  They generally take longer than anticipated.  Things don’t go as planned.  I don’t have the expertise or experience to do them perfectly (I mean ‘well’).  I get frustrated.  I get discouraged.  I feel like a failure.  I think it will ‘never be done!’  My tendancy to ‘catastrophize’ comes out in full force.

Today I tried to finish up the last little touches to a reno project that I’ve been working on for quite some time: my home office.  Of course it didn’t go as planned.   A screw was stripped.  One screw head broke off completely…in the wood (how am I going to get THAT out!?).  I probably shouldn’t have been working on this after spending most of the day out and about birthday party shopping with my daughter (my patience was quite thin by the end).  At one point in my reno work my daughter said to me, “I think you need to take a break, Mom.”  That’s saying something, isn’t it?