Can I just say how excited I am to be back at it! I missed writing on my blog so much. I’m excited to share new things with you all.
I’ve thought long and hard about what my first post back should be… I could talk more about post divorce life, or about my recent surgery, or about my wonderful children being just wonderful…
Basically what I have come down to is this… I wanted to talk about self-care.
You know what I mean! That thing parents often forget to do… taking care of yourself. Kind of like where you have to put your own oxygen mask on before you can help others with theirs. How can a sick person take care of others?
I have learned first hand how important it is to focus some time on me. Now, I know this sounds selfish but hear me out.
I spent years and years just pushing forward and going and going, my health fell to the wayside, not just physically but mentally too. I was so stressed out. Which means yelling at my kids more than I should, eating terrible, and just making rash decisions on all kinds of things just to get by.
It all caught up with me. I feel fairly confident in warning you that — it will catch up to you! I got sick. I was sad. I became depressed. I was not functioning at my best self. I didn’t even know what that looked like!
So I took a break. A break? How can you take a break if you are a single mom? Well, I have some amazing help lets just say. And by break I mean I slowed down.
I stopped putting too much on my plate. I stopped feeling bad if I had to say no. I got off social media. I went to church. I prayed. I cried. I spent more time actually being present with my kids. I decided to find something just for me that I could use as a release/stress reliever.
Whatever you need to do to stop and smell the roses, do it. Whatever you need to do to care for yourself, you need to do it. It could be running, writing, painting, singing, or just reading a good book. Something that makes you feel good about YOU.
So now I’m back and feeling better than ever about life, my future, and taking it one day at a time. And because of this,
my family is happier.
Take care of YOU and everything else will fall into place!
If you are new to my blog hope you stick around… there’s plenty more to come! 🙂
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