Enough is Enough: Self-Care in Action

Friday I was speaking with my colleague Lauren of My Postpartum Voice about the upcoming Mother’s Day Self-Care Contest and Challenge, May 2-6.  After an hour-long conversation, I asked her “Is there anything more for us to talk about?”   Lauren wisely said, “I think this is all we can handle today.  Let’s practice self-care in action and stop.”

How right she was.  Knowing when to say “enough is enough” and stop rather than keep going is an important self-care skill.  Too often we decide if I just get that one last thing done, life will be better and I’ll feel more in control.   Generally, the exact opposite happens.  We end up feeling depleted, fatigued, irritated and impatient because we’ve pushed ourselves too far.  We feel bad and sometimes our partners, children and friends become the undeserving recipients of our bad mood as well as not liking ourselves.

Real Mom Lauren

After having several non-stop weeks, I’m realizing that I need to heed this advice before I implode and Lauren’s words helped remind me.  Funny how people  bring us what we need to hear if we’re willing to listen.  So, yesterday I gave myself a break.  I worked out, went to Sam’s, watched a movie from start to finish and cancelled my dinner plans.  It was divine.

This week, listen to when enough is enough and STOP before it’s too much.  Also, remember to join us for the Mother’s Day Self-Care Contest and Challenge May 2-6 for great tips, prizes and fun.

4 thoughts on “Enough is Enough: Self-Care in Action

  1. You said: ” We end up feeling depleted, fatigued, irritated and impatient because we’ve pushed ourselves too far. We feel bad and sometimes our partners, children and friends become the undeserving recipients of our bad mood as well as not liking ourselves.” And then we end up feeling bad for being in such a bad mood and imparting it on our kids and partner. Or at least that’s how I was feeling this morning. What do you do if you can’t slow down or how do you pick what drops off the plate? For example we leave on a trip shortly and I have to wrap up work stuff before we go on vacation. And there are things to plan for the weekend after vacation. Arrgghhh the list goes on and its making me a miserable person to be around. I like your idea of just taking a break but I’m just not sure if it will make me more stressed out if I take the time and not get the other things done.

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