This article hit a home truth with me. Recently I took quite a bit of time off work. I was feeling exhausted, sluggish, unhealthy and run down. I realized my life was revolving around work and my family and I felt like I had so much on my plate that I had no time left for myself. I would feel annoyed at watching my husband eat dinner so slowly while I gulped down a bite quickly in between feeding our youngest child (to give him a break and so i didn’t feel guilty about working while he was stuck home with kids). I would eat chocolate and icecream when I felt exhausted… comforting toast with peanut butter etc. Anyway recently I discovered I couldn’t continue like this. While I was on sick leave I took out a sewing project I had started and didn’t have time to finish 4 years ago. Suddenly in one afternoon it was finished! I felt an immense sense of achievement- far more satisfaction that I get from my normal work day :-). I completed some other sewing projects… felt happier and started reaching for fruit and veg instead of the junk… amazingly my energy levels started to increase and I was better able to fit some exercise in. Now I’ve lost 5 kg and returned to work and make a concious effort everyday to spend a minimum of 10 mins on myself and have taken some time for myself on my days off such as I soaked my feet in bath salts and had a cup of tea while the kids watched an educational dvd,. I promised if they behaved we would do something fun next and we have been planning fun activities they can do- all while I get some me time!

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Published 14th October 2019

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