Last week, I had what I thought was a great week. I managed to cook dinner for my family most nights, I finally arrived at peace with a course that I am trying to write (and managed to draft out two modules), and I blogged every day, including a day on which I wasn’t planning to blog because I thought that Thursday was Friday.

And then the weekend arrived. When the weekend arrived, my energy left.

I like to post at least one post of a weekend. That’s what is in my plan – Mon, Wed, Fri, the weekend, and a Talkback Tuesday post on Tuesdays. On the weekend just gone, I could only manage to focus on the course that I am trying to write. I couldn’t think of words for a blog post, let alone write one. Actually, I couldn’t even think of a topic.

Sunday was Mother’s Day, and I chose to spend the day with my family, then ended up having a rather long afternoon nap before spending more time with my family that night.

Monday morning, I slept in, and couldn’t get a blog post done before work.

Monday night, I posted my Talkback Tuesday post and couldn’t manage much more, so went to bed.

Tuesday night, I fell asleep at 7:30pm and woke up 11 hours later.

And here we are, Wednesday morning and I haven’t really posted for five days, apart from a Talkback Tuesday post that took 10 minutes to write and 20 minutes to find a photo that I liked. This was not in the plan, and it felt wrong.

In a number of my earlier blog posts, I have mentioned that taking care of myself has been a big lesson for me throughout my journey, and one that I am still very much learning. As I was reflecting on my week of non-blogging and much sleeping, it occurred to me that my body is telling me to take care of myself.

And so, that is what I am going to do.

This week, I am going to take care of myself. That will most likely include sleeping and spending some much needed time with my family and friends (when I am not working). I may write some posts. I may write no posts. I am going to be guided by my body and, right now, it is telling me to slow down. So I am going to slow down, do the things that I want to do this week, and just be. I will be back posting by Monday night.

In the meantime:

  • What is your body saying to you about taking care of yourself?
  • Are you listening to your body?

Acknowledgements:
– The featured image in this blog post is a photo by Ivan Cujic from Pexels

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7 thoughts on “Taking Care of Ourselves Really is OK

  1. It has taken me a long time to find ways to look after myself. I try not to have any hard and fast rules and prefer to live day by day. As I have aged a few key things have organically happened, I can now say no very easily, I can set boundaries quite easily, I try to keep balance, apart from my blog I am not on social media, I am grateful every day, I know what is important to me and who I am and and I listen to my body.

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    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment on my blog post. I have found that being a learner about how I do things in life has helped me to set boundaries more easily than I used to in the past. I used to worry so much about upsetting people. Now, I try my best to hold people with a deep level of respect whilst also holding myself with a deep level of respect. That has really helped me to take care of myself and to set boundaries without getting caught up in what others might think about me doing so. I am also much better at listening to my body than I used to be. I have followed your posts on gratitude and have loved them. I think that gratitude is the most amazing mood, and so much can come from it. One of my earlier blog posts on this site is about how I used gratitude to shift a story I had created for myself around the first anniversary of my father’s death. That experience really taught me the power of gratitude, and just how much being grateful creates even more gratitude. Thanks again for dropping by.

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  2. Sounds like you are doing what’s right for you. That’s important. Sometimes when we plan we end up putting more pressure on ourselves to fulfil that plan. I’ve become better in listening to my body over the last few months and it does work. Take care x

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    1. Thank you for popping by and commenting! I agree with you regarding plans sometimes leading to us placing unnecessary pressure on ourselves. It was lovely last week to give myself permission to just “be”, and I feel quite relaxed and refreshed for doing so! You take care too x

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