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.
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.