Get Ready for the Reentry Crash

After a period of prolonged stress, it’s normal to feel too drained to do anything

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When my son boarded the school bus for the first time, bounding up the steps with a huge, goofy grin on his face, I felt something I hadn’t expected. It wasn’t joy. It wasn’t sadness. It was the unmistakable sensation of pent-up energy draining from my body.