Shortly after I wrote my post Mom’s Mental Health Day, I really started to get overwhelmed. I thought that my one day of re-centering was the answer to getting some sanity back. However, come on. I should have known that my day of relaxing was just a band-aid. I needed to completely take a step back and let more things take the back burner to my own personal health. Between momming, blogging, my fitness instructor job, family drama and daily errands, I needed to prioritize. I tend to put the same weight of priority into everything I do. Basically, everything is high on the list.
My Mom’s Mental Health Day post was picked up by Mamapedia and that’s when I re-read my own words. My words about letting go and taking time for yourself. Wow, what a fraud, I thought. I needed to put all my well intended words to full use, not just for a day. So I focused on my family and myself. I didn’t create any new choreography for my classes. I didn’t write any blog posts. I didn’t come up with any crazy crafts for my daughter. Or take on any new tasks.
I worried that my fitness class participants would be bored with the same songs. And you know what? They didn’t even notice! I worried that my daughter would want more creative activities. And you know what? She loved anything I put in front of her as long as I was there to do them with her. After reading so many blogging tips about being consistent and not having huge gaps between posts, I was nervous what the impact of my hiatus would be. And you know what? It didn’t matter one bit.
The world didn’t end.
So after taking some time for myself and my family and the really important things in life, I started to slowly get back into the swing of things with renewed enthusiasm. And I’m glad I took the time. I feel refreshed, more inspired and have a clearer mind.
The world will keep turning. Life will keep moving. Time moves way too fast to try and outrun it. So don’t. Take your time. Always assess what needs more attention at any given time. And don’t forget to look in the mirror. The thing that might need more attention is the person looking back at you.