This week has been a total disaster in our household, everything that could go wrong pretty much has gone wrong and I have never felt so stressed out before, as we have received some bad news. As someone who suffers from anxiety, I have been so worried and not sleeping or eating and just not myself at all. Typically when we are having a bad week the children become unwell, first Sophia became ill and is off school and on antibiotics and inhalers for a chest infection, then Jacob came down with a cold and sore throat. Both children being unwell has meant that I have got no work done and even less sleep than normal, as I have been sharing a bed with a poorly Sophia for most of the week.
Now that it is the weekend and the children are on the mend I feel like I am becoming unwell too, my head is pounding and my body is aching and I am starting to get the sniffles. Being a mum means that I just have to get on with things though as I still have little people to feed and care for and a house to keep relatively clean. After talking to some friends I have realised that I am not alone in always putting myself last and never getting enough rest when I am unwell.
I think most busy parents with young children often forget about their own health, I am certainly guilty of it. I will give my children daily vitamins to try and keep them healthy but I never take them myself. Or if they are showing signs of a cough or a cold I will head straight to the pharmacy to get them some medicine whilst I make do with paracetamol and a hot bath.
This week has made me realise that as a parent I need to take better care of myself, when I am feeling stressed out and run down I am not a great parent. Like the saying goes you can't run on empty and us parents need to make sure we look after ourselves so that we can look after our families. Now that I am getting older and am on a health kick ready for my wedding day, I have realised that I really do need to take better care of myself.
I have decided that I need to start eating a healthier diet, taking daily vitamins, resting when I am feeling unwell and just generally making time for myself and learning to relax and unwind more. I have just ordered a bundle of vitamins and pampering products for myself from Chemist Direct to try and take better care of myself. I am a big fan of ordering from them after I reviewed for them a couple of years ago as I get everything I want without having to leave the house. Now I just need to keep reminding myself to look after myself more.
How do you take care of yourself as a busy parent?