No matter how tough YOU are, YOU need respite. It is okay to take time away from your attachment challenged children. Of-course, there is a bit of a price to pay before you go and when you come back, but you need down time for your neurochemistry to balance.
Living in a home that provokes constant high cortisol levels will burn out your adrenals, deplete your dopamine, and destroy your serotonin. These are all naturally occurring mood stabilizers. YOU need yours.
Get respite. Running on empty is a sure-fire way of putting your children into retrograde. That is NASA speak for meltdown.
Again, I know you think you can’t get that. I know. And yet, I think YOU can if you are creative and determined to save your own sanity, your own life.
Ce Eshelman, LMFT Attachment Specialist and Mother