All work and no play makes everyone a dull boy (or girl). But how can we make time for play when there always seems to be so much work to do? It took me several years into adulthood to figure out that no matter how much work I did on a particular day, there would inevitably be more waiting as soon as the next day started. Whether it’s university papers, dirty dishes or laundry, or take-home work from our day jobs, there will always be something more left to do.
When most of us think of hormones, we think of either the bad things (i.e. PMS, cramps, mood swings, acne) or pregnancy (i.e. can I get pregnant?) But there’s actually far more to hormones than meets the eye. Most people don’t know this, but the menstrual cycle is considered the fifth vital sign of health (after body temperature, pulse rate, breathing rate, and blood pressure) because you can learn a lot about your overall health and hormone balance by monitoring your menstrual cycle.
Self-care in my house today looked like me watching Netflix and eating chocolate chip cookies in my bed. No, that’s definitely not the healthiest version of self-care I could have chosen, but it was all I could muster. I also took a nap. Because seriously, being a mom is hard. Sometimes it can be cry-your-face-off-into-your-pillow hard. It’s not a role that I believe any woman can survive without learning how to take care of herself.
“She opens her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.” I don’t know about you but man this verse carries weight for me. I have it posted on the mirror in my bathroom and read it multiple times a day. I often don’t speak wise words and I certainly don’t always follow the law of kindness. I have read and prayed this verse so many times that now when I lose my temper, or get short, or just flat out say something ridiculous this verse pops into my head as a gentle reminder that I CAN do better. Our words can be used to uplift or tear down. What we tell our children will become their inner voice. What message are we sending to them?