Here we are, going into the final week of the Write 31 Days challenge. I find it interesting that I have struggled writing this series. Here I am writing about self-care, but then I am stressed out when I am unable to publish a post!
I think that every person is going to have ebbs and flows when it comes to self-care.
There are going to be amazing seasons, where you are able to carve out time to make sure you feel fulfilled, that you have the energy you need to keep up with your family, and other obligations; then there will be other times where you are barely hanging on and you end up just trying to stay afloat until you can catch your breath again!
The past couple weeks have been like that for me.
Being out of the house, going on field trips, homeschool co-op, car issues, doctor appointments, celebrating first birthdays; all of it can become overwhelming.
I think this is the main reason that I decided to write about self-care.
It is easy to get caught up in it all, and not have a chance to breathe, or feel like you are doing anything specifically for you.
This month has taught me that it is OK to say no, to sit back and relax a little more.
Obviously, your children need to get to doctor appointments (and you do as well!), but when something else is put on the back burner, that is OK.
Finding the ability to let you not feel guilty is probably the biggest takeaway that I have had this month so far.
Of course, having the time for a spa day, or pampering, or reading a great book is important, but when you need to push ahead through a season, a small time period, you will still get through.
And once you are through to the other side, that is the time to take a minute for yourself. Remember what energizes you, remember what makes you feel good and relaxed. Remember what gives you the ability to be the best mother, the best wife, the best woman that you can be.
While I haven’t been completely successful this month in writing my 31 Days of Self-Care series every.single.day., I have been able to know when I need to take a step back and spend the extra time with my family, take the time for sitting in quiet.
I realize that it is all about priorities. If you have your priorities in order, you will be able to know when you can drop things that are becoming more stressful than helpful.
Granted, it won’t always be the easiest time, the most fulfilling time, but you will know that when you come out on the other side, you will be better for it.
Have there been times when you have needed to drop something important to you in order to keep up with everything else in your day?