Been a while. A lot has happened in that time. Went from being at home fulltime to working full time. It’s a very very long story, but I now work slightly further from home than before which means it takes me longer to get to work and even longer to get home. In between the two, I was not working for 3 and a half months.
During that time, i would drop my baby off at day care in the mornings, go for a run, spend some time in the garden, take a nap, watch tv, write and create, get supper started and pick my princess up. Oh, I did try to keep the house tidy, but that did not go as well as I hoped.
I haven’t yet managed to get any of the things I used to do back into my daily schedule.
Not that I am complaining, I prayed for this job and am super happy, but I do miss my during the week early morning runs, miss dropping Miss T off. Miss the gardening, miss even the aimless window shopping :-).
How do other working mothers do it? Without feeling tired or worn out? Is it possible to do it all?
I was feeling exhausted and just worn out the other day and I didn’t know why or what to do about it. I even thought I might be ill or coming down with something. I got home on Friday and just felt like staying in bed the whole weekend, which if you have a toddler you know is near impossible if not quite impossible.
I wanted some time out, but I couldn’t get alone time as hubby had plans for the weekend. I thought if going to the beach, but the thought of long hours in the sun and all this sand in the car made me even more tired. I decided on a picnic with Miss T. Though I was dreading it, I was surprised at how rested I was at the end of the day.
I think I had gotten too busy. I drive an hour to work, an hour back every day and gave to squeeze in household chores and other stuff either during the week or weekend, I was tired. I needed to unplug and just do nothing and think about nothing. The world didn’t end, I forgot the world for a few hours and came out revived, energized and ready to plug in and add even more value to the world.
I think that it why working mothers need, time out from the world. If you can take says off all the better, but even a few hours away from the maddening crowds will do wonders for your soul. Take your family, switch off your data, take off your shoes and allow yourself to be a little girl again.
I have always thought that I didn’t need too much time out, but now I realise that unplugging myself from everything is important for my physical and mental well being.
Try unplugging once in a while and see how refreshed and energized you will be. Your mind will be clear and you will be more focused.