Anxiety in Motherhood · Balance

Kit-Kat Bar, Anyone?

Monday was a bit of a rough day in the Monster household. I took Monster Da-da to therapy with Baby Monster and me. Both my therapist and I thought it was a good idea for him to gain a better understanding of my most recent issues – the fear of transferring my anxiety to my son, as if it were contagious.

That in and of itself is a whole post, but right now I just don’t have the energy. Today, I barely have the spoons to write. I’m unsure of what the cause behind it is, although I suspect I am still drained from having such a tough day dealing with my anxiety issues Monday. I don’t think that is actually the root cause, though. I also feel nauseated and have been having some pretty debilitating headaches the last couple of days.

So today I make cheesy jokes about old candy jingles – we all need a break, and I am no different. I have been working myself thin these last couple of weeks, and in all honesty, my diet this past week has been unhealthy. I’m sure another reason I feel sluggish and ill is from eating poorly after eating “clean” for a month. Break me off a piece of that Kit-Kat bar, while I’m at it.

Today, I offer you a break. Sit down, take a few deep breaths, focus on areas of self care where you’ve been deficient. Have you skimped on your diet or exercising? Have you missed your morning coffee, and are stuck with the awful headaches that follow? Have you had a moment to yourself lately, without interruptions? Have you had the time to do something you love?

Do it. Do the thing you want to do, or take that few minutes to yourself. Enjoy that cup of coffee. But don’t keep putting it off.

If you’re like me, you put things off a lot, trying to make sure other people get what they need. Lately, I have put off everyone’s needs aside from my son and husband. (So sorry, fellow bloggers! I will get back to reading and commenting regularly next week!) I am alright with this, because my family needed me this week, but it can’t keep up at this pace. I need a minute for me – time to write, time to have coffee or tea, time to have a bath, time to assess why I’m feeling so worn down.

This afternoon, after my workout and seeing my friends for brunch (because I hate to cancel!), I am finally going to sit down and do some things for me. As soon as my floors are swept and mopped and my kitchen has been cleaned. Because let’s face it, there’s only so much time in a day, and I can’t soak up all of it for myself.

What do you in your downtime? What do you do to de-stress? I’d love for you to share!

– Monster Mama

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