A few days ago, I wrote about self care here.
But no. Really. What about the days when you leave at 7 AM, and arrive home at 8 PM?
My secret? I don't do all those things I wrote about before.
When days are long, and I am away from my house for 13 hours, here is what that looks like:
1. I still eat.Today, I had a smoothie, more Diet Dr. Pepper than I should admit, soup, a chicken sandwich. I also had some turkey sausage as a snack. I can't get hungry on days like this. So I always have a plan about what I'm going to eat. I confess. I get hangry. No good comes of this.
2. When I'm home, I rest.When it's possible, only good vibes here people. I snuggle my people and pets. I put on pants with elastic. I get under my favorite blanket. I read. I write. I visit with my people. I drink coffee in the AM, and tea in the PM. Those dishes don't bother me. They will be there later.
3. I work my plan.
Last night, before the crazy started today, I made a plan. I knew what I needed to do about every 30 minutes. And I stuck to it pretty faithfully. Not in a "No time to visit, I need to stick to my schedule" kind of way, but a "I'm here for many hours, let's make this work" kind of way.
That's it. Eat. Rest. Work the plan.
Some days, that is all we can do.
Continue to give yourself a LOT of grace.
You are doing enough.