How to deal with a tough week?

04/07/2020

Sometimes tough weeks creep up on you when you least expect them.

Last week was one of those tough weeks, it came out of nowhere, Oscar had been poorly, my physio told me I’m out for six months, my hormones were all over the place and to top it all up my grandad is really unwell and is far away.  I was shattered, my brain overtired which meant I couldn’t sleep so well.

Here are some of the things that I do to help me through tough weeks

I do what needs to be done, the rest can wait

Life gets busy, I love following a routine where possible but sometimes its ok to let things slide.  I spent most of this week, taking it easy, napping and looking after my two babies. No unnecessary cleaning, washing, no social media (which I really miss) and no mum guilt for not having everything in tip-top condition or making yummy dinners.

Found positives on everyday moments

I might have not had the time or the energy to do the things I normally love such as long walks, write, workout but I enjoyed listening to my tired body from a week of looking after Oscar, I also loved every single cuddle from Oscar & kisses from Luella.

Meditate

When Oscar was napping, I meditated & napped too.  I love meditating because it helps me drift off hehe but when I wake up, I am refreshed.  Most importantly when I meditate I feel more present.  What I’ve come to realise about meditation is that I don’t need to fully clear my mind or focus… its ok to just let thoughts come in and let them go… I find this useful when I am feeling like I should be doing more or having negative thoughts of any kind.

I was kind to myself

Sometimes it is ok and necessary to do something nice for yourself.  Personally, it doesn’t have to be anything grand or money related. Motherhood keeps us busy and it can be tough to find time for ourselves.  Being kind to myself to me means putting on a face-mask, reading a book, watching a film and eating chocolate. 

FaceTime with family & friends

They say that distance makes the heart grow fonder and they couldn’t be more right. When we moved to Copenhagen I was planning on coming home (London) often and then back to work but like everyone it has not been possible to visit my family and friends but FaceTime makes things easier and cheers us up every time. Hooray for technology.

Until next time,

stay kind, stay safe, Julie x

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