Even with knowing all you need to know, and doing all that you do. Sometimes there is just nothing for it, but to run away and hide under the bed covers.
Put yourself in Time-Out.
Sometimes this is the best option – no guilt, no shame – just you need some space and your bed is the best place for it. When you keep on keeping on, it doesn’t always work, you just keep building the pressure. You hear your mother’s voice coming out of your mouth, you start heading down the road that you don’t want to go down. Taking yourself away is sometimes the only way to stop the move you are making down the wrong way.
It isn’t giving up. It isn’t waving the white flag. Your children have not won the round.
It is just giving yourself TIME.
Obviously, hiding in your bed might not be your thing, but the important thing is to do something that you don’t normally do, take yourself away to a place you don’t normally go. By doing something different, you are giving yourself permission to let go, giving yourself permission to notice that you aren’t coping great. Giving yourself permission to take some time the next day to give yourself some MUM GLOW. To fill up your inner well. To reach deep inside, forget about the details of the day, and find yourself again.
I haven’t talked about Mum Glow for a couple of weeks – but it is a really important coping mechanism for mums, and when things start getting a bit hectic, a bit manic, a bit out of control, it often stems from frustration, anger, resentment … all feelings that come about when we don’t look after ourselves first.
Take some time to look after yourself.
Find your MUM GLOW this week.