If I’m blatantly honest with you, I am utterly terrible at self care.
I am a really good teacher, and I like to think that most days at least I’m proud of the way I parent my children. But when it comes to looking after me, I am completely and utterly terrible.
If I manage to shower, brush my teeth and throw on clean clothes then honestly I’m pretty happy with how well I’ve done.
But the truth is I need to do better.
And over the past few weeks I’ve been trying, I even took a couple of weeks off blogging, which as those of you who are regular followers will know, that is pretty much unheard of.
I read two full books, hung out in my fantastic Membership community, and spent time really connecting with my family. And that felt good. Really good.
It meant that my schedules for having things done have changed a little, it meant that posts I planned to write got shuffled around – and usually that would worry me.
But I decided that actually, it was a full year since I took a holiday, and I needed a little time. And then I let myself enjoy that time.
So why am I telling you this?
Honestly? Because every time I mention self care, a bunch of you write back and tell me that you are just as terrible at it as I am. So I decided to let you know two things:
- The world didn’t fall down because I took a couple of weeks away from blogging and posting on social media.
- I feel more refreshed, alive and buzzing with ideas than I have in a couple of months.
September is a hard month for our children, and by default us as parents. We are emotionally on edge, wondering how it will go. Will they like their new teacher? Will a new school go to plan? How will they feel when they get home?
And do you know something, that is exhausting. Really exhausting.
So this week, I want you to be kind to yourself. Take the pressure off. Decide what REALLY needs to be done, and what can wait. And give yourself some time – even if it’s only a few minutes to be you – because the truth is you deserve it