I think we’ve likely all been there. The feeling of suddenly realizing its February 12th when if someone had told you it was only February 5th, you would have believed them. I feel like the last week has been an absolute blur. Or maybe it’s that each day feels like the one before lately and so I’m losing sense of what day is what.
My oldest daughter has been home for two weeks from school because of a nasty cough that at one point had escalated into fever, vomiting and ear pain. For most of these two weeks though, it’s been alternating between a dry hacking cough and a wet congestive cough. She has great energy. She is eating well. She sleeps through the night. She’s happy. But she spends half of her day sounding like she’s about to cough up a lung.
So we’ve been laying low. And by laying low it means that we’ve been cooped up inside the house for basically two weeks. When the other two are home from daycare and school, life gets a little batty. The three altogether in the same house become like caged wild animals. It’s been extremely cold outside so playing out in the snow hasn’t been a priority. And even kids get tired of board games, books, movies & hide and seek. Tension levels rise, including mine.
We need to get out. And I am craving a little freedom.
Here’s what I’ve discovered. Not just as a mom, but as a human being. I need to respect and put a priority on my values and feelings. When my life is feeling a little like it’s overloaded, I need to get back to the basics of what makes me tick.
*my morning power hour is crucial. Even if that morning power hour is 5 minutes long.
*my workouts at the gym. I set some pretty substantial goals for myself at the gym at the beginning of the year. I’m a few more workouts away from being able to do my first pull up. I’m looking forward to posting that video for you.
*quiet time. I am an introvert at heart. I feel much happier if I have been able to carve out just ten minutes of quiet time each day.
*chiropractic adjustments. I’ve been checked more often in the last two weeks for numerous reasons. I know that I adapt to stress much better when my nervous system is clear and with zero interference.
*essential oils. There is something so beautiful about diffusing serenity, balance, onGuard and Breathe at different times throughout the day. Add in some Elevation, Citrus Bliss, eucalyptus, Wild Orange, and Lavender and I’m pretty much covering all of my bases between supporting my immune system, adapting to stress at a better level, and making my soul happy.
Making my soul happy. Deliciously happy.
And making my soul deliciously happy is at least a step in the right direction towards freedom. I may not be hopping a plane to paradise anytime soon (although knowing that our temperature is dipping to -31C with the wind chill this afternoon is making me second guess our choice of a ski trip this weekend instead of sitting on a beach somewhere) but creating inner freedom is good too.
The more intention I choose to place on my happiness and state of peace, I feel like the perceived monotony of life right now is more tolerable. I make no excuses for being selfish with my personal time. Caleigh may have had a cough but taking her to the gym with me on Tuesday morning meant that I could still get my own health and well-being taken care of. Waking up an extra 30 minutes early in the morning, even though I could easily use some more sleep, means that I get to breathe a little deeper and plan my day before it begins.
Before applying the oxygen mask to the people who depend on you, attach your own oxygen mask first. Sound advice. And advice that I choose to follow in times where people are needing me to take care of them more than usual. I’m choosing to also take care of myself.