So yesterday, I got grumpy.
Grumpy at me, grumpy at kids, grumpy at hubby, just in general frustrated and grumpy. I’d managed pretty well through the day and then, I was just over it. Weeks of wee little niggles, wee moments of rudeness, wee moments of forgotten manners and I put my foot down.
Probably too hard, and too abruptly, and that was a pretty big clue that I’d been neglecting looking after ME.
For me, self-care looks like exercise, good food, writing time, and adult conversation along with a nice morning coffee.
Over the summer holidays of course, writing time has been limited, and good food was sometimes passed over for the more sweet, ‘not-so-good-for-me’ food, and exercise was intermittent.
Time to being back in control of me, so that I don’t lose it over the little stuff.
This is normal for us mums. We are constantly on ‘go’, constantly battling conversations, consequences, behaviour in our heads, and right at the bottom of the list is ‘us’.
This morning, I still don’t have much time, and even though I know that I need to bring back in some exercise, I’m pretty resistant! Getting changed into some sports gear as I got out of bed was helpful, and then while the kids were eating breakfast I knocked out some exercise.
- kettle ball sumo squats
- lateral arm weights on my lounge chest
- tricep dips also on the lounge chest
- renagade rows
5 exercises that I did 4 times and each time I did the exercise I did 12 reps. So it’s about 48 times all up for each exercise with little breaks in between. Not hard, not too stressful, and the fact that I knocked it out first thing this morning means that I’m already a step ahead from where I was yesterday morning.
Exercise may or may not be your thing, or your self-care/ feel better thing, but something is. So figure out something that you love for you, and prioritise it today.