There was a big shake-up at my office last week which resulted in my boss stepping down from his position. He still works here (for now) but he will no longer be my boss. With all the excitement and stress of last week, I completely abandoned any and all self-care habits. I bought a medium size bag of peanut M&Ms and ate several handfuls a day for 5 days. I barely drank any water at all. I was not one iota mindful of my food all week long. I did ZERO minutes of exercise. I didn’t take any of my supplements or vitamins. Heck, I didn’t even take off my makeup before going to bed at night (I have taken my makeup off very nearly every night for the last 3 years). I did, however, brush my teeth before bed because honestly I just can’t sleep unless my mouth is minty fresh. But most of my carefully cultivated habits were tossed out the window with last week’s hullabaloo. I was just too wired and simultaneously worn out to care.

It was a crazy week.

Then over the weekend, we celebrated my mom’s birthday, went to 2 movies (Central Intelligence and Finding Dory – two thumbs up for both of them), and I did many, many loads of laundry.

It was a busy weekend to wrap up a busy week.

And I did very little in the way of taking care of myself.

But you know what? That’s okay.  I don’t feel guilty, I don’t feel like I fell off the wagon, I’m not ashamed…last week was hectic and I chose the path of least resistance to get through it. So what? Empires didn’t break apart…oh wait. Sorry Britain! 🙂

Anyway, I’m not worried about it. I am no longer interested in berating myself for not being perfect. I’m so over it.

This week so far I have gotten in lots of good self-care practices. I had a much-needed conversation with my best friend. I bought some of my favorite nutritious foods at the grocery store. I did a couple of really good workouts. My sister gave me a bunch of fun new facial mask things to play with and I made an appointment to get my hair done later in the week. So, it’s all good. I’m back to taking care of me again.


Hopefully next time there’s a shake-up, I’ll remember to take care of myself first, before getting too caught up in the whirlwind.



4 thoughts on “Shake-up

  1. Stress can really throw things into turmoil quickly. I think it is great how you are not beating yourself up. I have not broken that habit yet. Not sure if I ever will.

  2. We have all been there. Good for you on the positive attitude. There will be better days, er weeks, ahead. 🙂

  3. Loved your comment about choosing the path of least resistance to get through it. Sometimes that’s all you can do. It’s awesome that you kept the guilt away and got back on track. This post came out just as I was having a similar week, so thank you for sharing!

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