They say March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. For me, though, March came at me like an old, dilapidated lawn mower on its last legs wanting to chew up everything in its fateful path with its dull, rusted blades. Like, can you chill March?
Unfortunately, I was the unsuspecting pedestrian on that stupid path.
Basically, the last four weeks have been hectic and dysfunctional to say the least. I came down with a lazy cold in early March and after I recovered, Charlotte caught whatever I had. Just as we were all starting to see the light of day and feeling positive vibes again, I came down with another stubborn cold. Evidently, I caught what she gave me that I gave her. SOMEONE EXPLAIN SCIENCE TO ME!
None of it was Covid, thankfully but it was back-to-back ridiculousness. And each time either of us got sick, we had to isolate (no work or daycare) for five days which meant having to juggle real-time childcare needs with real-time work emergencies at the same bloody time. So, most of March was a blur for me.
When things go awry, I tend to function on the lowest level. I do the very minimum to get through my days: eat bread, sleep, work, keep child alive (obviously not in that order). And that’s how I’ve been coping the last few weeks. Thus, lots of things have gone to the wayside, namely maintaining my seasonal chores and my blog (apologies to all my blogging buddies for not being able to keep up with your posts).
But something else happened in March that I didn’t expect. I put myself higher on the list of priorities. Yes, I did the minimum to function, but I also included myself on that list of “minimums.” I honed in on the things that had the ability to either calm me or centre me. I focused on joy and the things I could control instead of madness, then I muted the chaos, even if it was just for an hour.
I read somewhere that doing things you genuinely enjoy naturally boosts your ‘feel-good’ hormones (dopamine and serotonin). For that small window of time (once a day or once every couple days), I did what made my soul happy.
I coloured… a lot! Get started with these supplies.
I delved into the compulsive and addictive world of paint-by-numbers (once you start, you can’t stop)! Try it yourself.
I decided to treat myself to a low-maintenance skincare regimen. Check out what I got.
What sorts of things do you do for self-care?
Hang on, be right back. I think I hear someone sniffling…
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