How do I protect myself? I protect myself by changing the word from balancing to blending. When I think of the word blending I think of the word solution, like a salt solution. When I was a kid and we studied science in school, we put a few drops of salt in the water. The salt in the water was a solution, not a mixture like oil and water or salad dressing. The salt dissolved into the water and became salt water. It became something else entirely. So I think of my life as blending. All of the components of my life are blending and becoming something else entirely so that it all becomes something manageable. Instead of a salad dressing or oil floating on top of the water, I'm blending all of the parts of my life into one happy beautiful solution, creating a solution that I can manage. This makes it less stressful for me to comprehend. Does that make sense?