I was in a really low place just a few days ago. I told Josh I wanted to quit everything (and I even attempted to quit one of the committees I am on at work, though I have since spoken with higher-ups and have now decided to give myself some grace and not quit and just allow myself to do a B-grade job for a bit).
Feeling tired from call, having more frequent migraines (probably both a cause and effect), being stressed out about the wellness talk (done and being given today!), hormone swings (I take OCPs, but I had my 4-day placebo period which I do every ~12 weeks because otherwise things get a bit dicey uterine lining-wise and it’s always a roller coaster), having a mildly sick kid (just a very brief mild cold for G — she’s all better though and I am very much hoping no one else will get it), feeling dread about the holidays (filled with call and work for our family this year).
Ten Things That Have Helped:
1- The Comfort Book by Matt Haig. I really do find it comforting.
2- This recent 10 Things to Tell You Episode on her recent struggles and things she is doing to feel better. It made me feel less alone.
3- Booking a tip (Vero Beach). Josh and I have 2-night break to look forward to in just a couple of weeks. Just having that on the horizon feels amazing.
4- Taking it a bit easier, including sleeping in more and leaning into some great TV (this past month: The Chair, LuLaRich, and White Lotus).
5- This Dr Becky Episode, aptly named Parenting is Exhausting. She nailed it.
6- Our Patreon meetup. It did feel social and fun and helped break up the week.
7- New library haul, and diving into good books
8- Setting aside some time to plan today + tomorrow. Of course, these days are not wide open (far from it). But I am looking forward to even a block of time each day to get things organized for the Rest of the Year.
9- Hormone stabilization. I mean, of course. Here’s to ~11 weeks of stable estrogen and progesterone levels!
10- Being done with my wellness talk. I will feel EVEN better once it is over (you can do a virtual cheer for me at 1 pm today!).
Anyone have a favorite expert (author, speaker, social media guru) on kids + ADHD? This was a requested topic for BOBW and I was thinking perhaps some of you might have ideas!