Let’s just sprint through the bad stuff: life is still stupidly stressful: even my eating and sleeping is now affected (this almost never happens!). I’m lucky that I’ve been offered counselling, but emotional support will not improve things, it’s action and solutions that I need, so I turned it down.
What to do? Well when you can’t fix the big problems, you take control of the little ones.
I may not be able to fix the house, but I can mop the floor.
I may not be able to get all the services that my children need, but I can help them make positive progress every day.
I may not be on top of the special needs and household paperwork, but I’m keeping the lights on at least.
I may not be able to go to the gym right now, but I’m running to appointments if I’m the only person attending.
I may have just tripped in the hall due to tiredness and stress, but my parachute training kicked in, and I fell beautifully and only have cuts and bruises to show for it!
I may feel that I can’t cope with it all, but there’s always self care – today I plan to combine an essential trip to the pharmacy with a nose around the new local M&S food store that opens today 😍
Christmas came early this week: Back in July I backed a Kickstarter project for a budget smart/fitness watch and my ‘gift’ arrived a few days ago and since I needed a boost, I opened it then and there. Of course I haven’t had time to suss out exactly how it all works, but I am enjoying some features: having the weather on my wrist, being able to turn off alarms without dashing for my phone, and most of all the revelations about the amount of activity I do: It seems I manage more than 20,000 steps every day without doing very much at all. I did wonder if the watch was counting seconds not steps, but the numbers do stop increasing if I sit down. So every time I think I’m being lazy, all I have to do is look at my watch and it gives me a little boost.
Yes I know I have ‘a lot on my plate’, but when I was invited to a meeting and asked to join a Human Rights Committee that only meets 6 times a year, I couldn’t say no. I was like a puppy with a new toy at the first meeting because it will let me use my skills, do something I’m good at, and give me the chance to feel useful again.
After taking part in the launch of the debut novel by writer and blogger Nicola Cassidy, it was a wonderful surprise to get a signed copy of her book December Girl in the post together with a few goodies. So far, this historical novel set in Ireland and London is a joy to read, with a feisty heroine whose story make you want to keep reading. If only I had more free time!
So that’s this week’s update and reasons to be cheerful, head over to Mummy from the Heart for more.