Shenae Grimes-Beech is getting candid about making time for herself.
On Tuesday, the 32-year-old Canadian actress took to her Instagram Stories to share an honest “life update” with her 450,000 followers, admitting that she has recently been feeling “overwhelmed” with her to-do list.
“My little weekly life update,” she began. “Not doing so hot, tbh. And I’m sharing to destigmatize not being OK and demystify all that glitters on social media.”
“Overwhelmed with how much I have to be grateful for in this season of life and also just wildly overwhelmed,” the “90210” star continued, adding that she and her husband, Josh Beechannounced “big plans ahead” on the “personal and professional front.”
“They’re all exciting and wonderful opportunities on both a personal and professional front, but my brain is overflowing with to-dos and emotions and it’s definitely getting the better of me,” Grimes-Beech shared.
“I’m snappy, I’m frustrated, I’m just plain un-fun to be around,” she admitted. “I don’t like it but I’m struggling to find the capacity to do the mental processing or physical activities that could get me to a calmer headspace. I keep thinking if I just get ABCDEFGXYZ checked off the list, I’ll be able to relax, find time to take care of myself and be more present to enjoy time with my family more.”
The actress explained that in addition to her seemingly never-ending to-do list, she hasn’t been getting much sleep because she has been “avoiding weaning” her 11-month-old son.
“Then I keep taking things on and the list seems to get longer instead of shorter. All of this whilst still avoiding weaning because I have no clue how?!” Grimes-Beech penned. “And waking up every hour through the night because I’m avoiding weaning and my baby seeks me for comfort every time he rolls over. Woo-f—ing-sah, right?!”
“I know it’s just a season, I know it’s actually everything I asked for, but I also know my eyes have always been bigger than my stomach, so to speak,” she wrote. “I’m realizing I’ve bitten off more than I can chew, and more importantly, more importantly, enjoy.”
In an effort to lighten the load, Grimes-Beech shared that she’s trying to shake “the scarcity mentality,” and “enter a season of saying ‘no.”‘
“No, I can’t take that on right now. No, I appreciate the opportunity, but I don’t have room on my plate at the moment. No, I can’t do it because I need to start saying ‘yes'” ‘ to things that matter most,” she went on.
“Yes, I can giggle at you trying to hold yourself sturdy while your legs wobble uncontrollably. Yes, I can cook a nutritious meal to feed us tonight instead of ordering takeout last minute because the day got away from me. Yes, I can nap Instead of answering those emails. Because yes, the rest will still be there later and yes, it can wait,” the mom-of-two concluded.
Despite taking on too much in her life, the Toronto-native shared that she still has her commitments covered.
“To everyone who has slid into my DMs today saying, ‘You got this!’ the star wrote in another Instagram Story, “thank you — and I know I do.”
“If you need a reminder today, you got this, too!” she continued.
“This is exactly why I’ve been sharing these little life updates,” she added. “When we share, someone else gets to know they’re not alone carrying the weight of the world and the load just may feel lighter.”
Last month, the “Degrassi” alum got real with her fans about how exhausting being a mother can get.
“Little life update,” Grimes-Beech wrote on her story, alongside a photo of her son sleeping in her arms. “Still living for moments like these.”
The star went on to explain that although she’s exhausted, she’s loving every second of motherhood.
“Still exhausted beyond belief. Still averaging wake-ups every 1 to 2 hours (except on vacation — he literally slept 11 hours with 1 to 2 wake-ups. I thought it was the travel crib so I tried it at home but no luck” ),” the mother-of-two continued. “Still opting not to sleep-train this time. For now. Still too tired to even think about weaning. Still feel just about ready for it though — I think we both are.”
“Still head over heels in love with literally every inch of my little, smiley bub. Still heartbroken over how fast it’s all moving,” she added. “Still wish I could freeze time because right now is the best time of my life. Still desperate for a full night’s sleep. Still all over the f—ing place because, well, motherhood.”