This is a hard week. Life has been extra busy lately with the start of school and my daughter’s volleyball season in full swing plus the tragedy of my daughter’s friend – it’s been a bit much. This week at work we have corporate visitors doing internal audits, which is really not a big deal, but when you have extra people in your space (even if those people are very nice) it can be a little anxiety-producing.

With everything going on, it’s been very hard to find time for self-care. The best I’ve been able to do is a quick meditation or a couple minutes of deep breathing. If I’m at home and have a few minutes, I tend to reach for a book to read. I’m so thankful that this weekend is a long weekend (Monday is Labor Day here in the US – for all my non-US readers which, I think there are 3 of you) because I am going to need some well-deserved ME TIME.

I messed up last weekend and tried to do way too much. Both of my girls had friends sleep over and they had lots of activities they wanted to do, and as much as I was happy to drive them from place to place, I didn’t plan enough down time for myself. Then we rolled into the week with the visitors at work, and it’s only Wednesday and I’m feeling my edges getting frayed. I’ve done little-to-no exercise in the last 2 weeks which also is not helping my nerves. Even just doing a few minutes of exercise really seems to keep me in balance and I can tell that I’ve missed it. I’m going to have to figure out a way to do something somewhere somehow.

I’m taking a day off of work Friday for the memorial service for my daughter’s friend (it’s in the morning, but I know I won’t feel like going back to work after). Saturday I’m getting my hair done (I’m about a month overdue!) and then I have no plans for the rest of the weekend. Actually, I do have some things I’d like to do:  I’m going to take care of some household stuff that’s been bothering me, take long walks outside, do some more reading, and just say NO to anything I don’t feel like doing.

This post really has no point other than to say, don’t forget about yourself. Find a way to schedule some self-care into every day otherwise, you might find yourself in the middle of the week feeling sad & crabby! Lesson learned (the hard way, again. *sigh*).