Mental Health

Taking care of myself

During the month of August, I wasn’t really active with my blog. I didn’t work a lot on my side hustle. I didn’t spend much time interacting with others on social media, or promoting my blog or side hustle, or much of anything like that.

Why? Why was I not doing these things? Because it got to the point where I was tired, emotionally and physically. I couldn’t do it. I didn’t want to quit, but I needed to stop and reflect. And that’s what I did.

How did it happen? How did I get here?

Well, it’s fairly simple. Since the beginning of March, I had been waking up at five, working out and getting as many things done before my kids woke up. Then I’d be there for my kids, taking care of them and such, all while trying to squeeze in any time I had either for myself, or to work on my blog or side hustle. Yes, there were times I took breaks. But for the most part, I was either taking care of my kids or getting stuff done.

So, it got to the point where, in early August, I was just exhausted. My heart wasn’t into working out, or working on my blog or side hustle. I realized that I had neglected my mental health and myself and I needed to do something about it. I needed to change something for myself and my family.

And that’s why I pressed pause on my blog, my side hustle, or anything else that may be related. Deep down, I didn’t really want to give up on these things. Not really. So, it just made sense to just press pause. Take some time and focus on myself and my family.

During the months of August and early September, I was more present for my family. I was taking time for myself to rest and really reflect on me, my family, things that were important to us, and such. I really did take a step back and really enjoyed my time with my family. I took time to change my mindset. Focus on being more confident and positive. I gave myself permission to relax and really take a break. I began being kinder to myself, not feeling guilty if I didn’t get something done, and just lowering the bar a little.

Honestly, I’m really happy that I took this step back. It definitely made a difference for me in how I viewed things, thought, and handled things. It was nice taking time to spend with my kids before they went back to school. I feel like I was able to be more present for my family and give the support, care and attention that I wanted to. I am so happy I did this and grateful for this time.

I know that not every one can take weeks on end to take care of their wellness, mental health and such. Life isn’t like that for everyone. I know it’s not always possible.

However, I do feel that it is important to make the time to just press pause. Focus on ourselves, our lives, family/friends, and anything else in our lives. Listen to your thoughts and what they’re saying. And really reflect on what is going well and are grateful for, and what you may want to change and improve.

This time doesn’t have to be hours on end. Maybe it’s only five minutes at the end of the day, as you’re going to bed. Or maybe it’s at the beginning of the day as you’re drinking your morning coffee. Whenever you chose to do, no matter what you do, make time for yourself. Make time to relax, breathe and reflect.

After all, if we don’t take care of ourselves, who will?

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