This year has felt nothing short of a bad roller coaster ride. One of those rides that somehow never ends. For the most part, I’ve been very proud with the way I’ve handled these trials. Through such tribulation I’ve been able to stay focused on my heavenly Father and just rely on his strength. As hard as this year has been it’s also been extremely life-giving and eye-opening. I sit here today with wisdom I would not have had unless I had walked through the hard days. I continue to have the courage to keep walking down the long road ahead. That being said, I want to share with you about a couple days I had not so long ago…
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.