• Carmen Cook

Baby Steps to self-care


This has been my hell week. The week I've seen on the calendar and known was coming, but even with the best laid plans, everything went off the rails.

Two of my guys are camping. One of my employees at the #dayjob is off for a family reunion, so even though she's gone, I still have to leave early to get the teen to football and all his other activities. And we have a new staff person. That in and of itself is enough to cause a little anxiety, but then another employee got an amazing job opportunity elsewhere and left, so that one new person? She's it at the moment. And THEN my fill in person had a death in her family, so she's gone to the UK this week to spend time with her loved ones.

Talk about the perfect storm of craziness.

We've managed to make it to Friday with smiles still on our faces, even if we're all dragging a little bit. BUT, that's not the point. Throughout this week I've continued to think about self-care and what that means to me. How to achieve that.

I haven't been writing as much as I want to, which completely stinks. But, on Monday, my meeting ended early, so I got a mani on my way back to the office since the time was blocked anyway. Tuesday, I tried to actually sit down and eat lunch. (If you follow me on Instagram, you know this didn't quite work out the way I'd planned with my salad exploding all over my desk, but I tried.) Wednesday... I forget what I did for myself Wednesday. But yesterday, YESTERDAY! I took a nap. It was unplanned, but I got home from running all over the place, pulled my laptop into my lap and my lids started drooping. I only snoozed for about 20 minutes, but I felt refreshed and ready to go afterwards. The point of all of this is a reminder (for myself if no one else) that taking time for ones self, even on the insanely crazy days, is doable. And it's important. What's the last thing you did for yourself?

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