Time To Stop (for a little while)

Over the past couple of weeks, my weekends have been busy with events; jam-packed days catching up with old friends. It’s been wonderful but the moment the last event ended, my body seems to have gone downhill. I’ve developed a bit of a death cough (apologies to Laura and Stevie who recently shared hotel rooms with me!) and slowly my energy is being zapped. I know there’s only so much I can do – I should be listening to my body and slowing down.

When this happens, I feel like a teenager being told I can’t go out. I have to stay in, we can’t go there because I’m a little poorly. I want to do it all – blog as much as I possibly can as well as do lots of exciting things with Emma too. But this week, I’ve seen that it’s not on the cards for us. Not this week. We need to rest and watch Minions for the 1,000th time and just take it a little easier.

It’s made me realise that perhaps lately, I’ve been doing too much. I never take the time to do something for myself – even down to booking a doctor’s appointment for my cough that lingers. I’m not sure how or why this revelation appeared but it’s been like a slap in the face to put things back in perspective. The most important thing is family and that has always got to come first. I’ve always been able to get myself completely sucked into work and the balance so often gets knocked the other way. It’s now time to tip it back in the opposite direction!

So this weekend, I’m shutting my laptop and not feeling bad about it. No guilt at all. I always try to write about own experiences and what’s happening in my world but at the moment all I can think of is to get better soon. I’m going to go on seaside drives, play in the park with Emma and watch lots of TV until things are a little sunnier again. I need to start to accept that it’s okay to not be able to do everything and that the priority for the moment is to focus on feeling better.

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  1. Anita McGrath
    October 7, 2017 / 4:03 pm

    Have a different weekend for once. Hope you will feel much better by Monday.

  2. October 7, 2017 / 6:21 pm

    Hope you start to feel better soon. Sometimes it’s best just to slow down for a bit and just focus on yourself and your family x

  3. October 8, 2017 / 2:13 pm

    I feel you – I also have the post-BritMums death cough!

  4. October 10, 2017 / 6:10 am

    It’s always good to slow down when you’ve been going for months at a time! Get better! #DreamTeam

  5. October 10, 2017 / 7:35 am

    I know that feeling. Although for me I normally realise after I have had a monumental breakdown with hot snotty tears because everything has got on top of me! I hope you feel better. #dreamteam

  6. October 10, 2017 / 8:30 am

    Having a break is something I really struggle with but it always makes things 10x easier after I’ve taken the time to relax a little. I hope you feel better soon. #dreamteam

  7. October 10, 2017 / 8:58 am

    Taking time out is sometimes needed. With kids comes busy weekends, sport, birthday parties to attend etc. And when the weekend is over, we feel even more tired. Hope you feel better soon.#DreamTeam

  8. October 10, 2017 / 9:46 am

    Taking a break and looking after yourself is essential but it’s so hard to find the time when you’re a mum. Hope you have a better weekend xx #DreamTeam

  9. mummyswhineclub
    October 10, 2017 / 10:10 am

    Oh I hear ya! Sometimes it’s hard to remember that we need looking after too. Hope you’re feeling better really soon. xx #DreamTeam

  10. October 10, 2017 / 10:31 am

    Good for you, everyone needs a little time out, I’m guilty of trying to fit everything in at the moment too, I should take a leaf out of your book.

  11. October 10, 2017 / 11:17 am

    Having a break is so tricky to factor in but so important, I hope you get better really soon. I really liked your photos and the beach huts are lovely! A bit of sea air is always good. #dream team

  12. October 10, 2017 / 12:53 pm

    So often, we don’t realise that we are doing too much until we breakdown. I hope you are able to slow down and focus on yourself this week and beyond. #DreamTeam

  13. October 10, 2017 / 1:19 pm

    It’s such a good idea to have a break from it all every now and then. I’m sure you’ll find you’re way more productive after having a rest. I need to have a few days away from screens for sure x #dreamteam

  14. October 10, 2017 / 5:00 pm

    Doing the best thing for you family is taking care of yourself too. Hope you have a nice break and recharge. #dreamteam

  15. October 10, 2017 / 6:28 pm

    I hope you feel better soon. I know exactly what you mean… our bodies are clever in telling us to stop. I’ve just bought some Metatone and swear by it if u need a pick up tonic! I know many teachers take it. X #dreamteam

  16. kimberleyf1988
    October 10, 2017 / 7:39 pm

    I’m also terrible for booking appointments for myself, even necessary doctor and dentist appointments. You enjoy putting your feet up this weekend #DreamTeam

  17. October 10, 2017 / 8:14 pm

    Ah Bridget I hope you are feeling a bit better now and the weekend ‘off’ helped with your recuperation. Take care xx #DreamTeam

  18. October 10, 2017 / 8:36 pm

    You cannot take care of your loved ones without putting yourself first sometimes and get that cough checked out immediately – you know how you should really again as a sign of loving your family. And I share similar issues of neglecting my health both physical and mental

  19. October 10, 2017 / 8:57 pm

    Hi, I hope that you are feeeling a little better now, and that you managed to switch of and enjoy a little me time #dreamteam

  20. October 10, 2017 / 11:05 pm

    As much as we feel we don’t have time for a break, sometimes that is ALL we need to refresh and rejuvenate. Hope you get the rest you deserve… and feel better soon!
    #DreamTeam

  21. October 11, 2017 / 4:05 am

    Good for you, take it easy. Congrats on the award, how wonderful. #dreamteam

  22. October 11, 2017 / 7:10 am

    Good on you. So important to make time to prioritise yourself.

  23. October 11, 2017 / 10:02 am

    It’s always good to have a break. Hope you are feeling better soon. x

  24. October 11, 2017 / 10:08 am

    My Mum always said that you need to look after yourself a bit in order to be able to look after everybody else! It’s easy to get run down when you’re a Mum because it becomes second nature to fit it all in and put everyone else first. It’s Autumn, make yourself a cuppa, get under a blanket on the sofa with your little girl, and bring on the hygge! Hope you feel better soon xxx

  25. October 11, 2017 / 12:36 pm

    Hey you 🙂 You have got to be one of the hardest working people I know Bridget. Your post feels like a little sigh of relief, and I think you absolutely deserve a bit of down time to relax and get rid of that cough. Sending love. #DreamTeam xx

  26. October 11, 2017 / 1:20 pm

    Self care is so very important – you have to fill your bucket before you can begin to fill others! I hope you have a lovely relaxing weekend and regain your energy! #dreamteam

  27. October 11, 2017 / 2:48 pm

    You absolutely deserve some quality time to relax lovely. You’re so committed and dedicated to your work but I honestly don’t know how you’ve managed to keep going through all the events of the last few weeks – I’m still recovering from just 1! Feet up and hope you feel better soon xx

  28. October 12, 2017 / 3:11 pm

    So good to do this sometimes, isn’t it?! I must admit, I’m getting better at slowing down, but there’s always that niggling guilt lurking somewhere! #dreamteam

  29. October 12, 2017 / 8:11 pm

    Its always good to take time out – congratulations on your BiBS win! #DreamTeam

  30. October 13, 2017 / 11:53 am

    Good for you Bridge, I fully intend on doing the same (when I have met my deadlines!). I want December to be a relaxing, exciting time for my family and being a slave to my laptop isn’t part of our plans. Get well soon lovely, September was just too much! #dreamteam

  31. October 13, 2017 / 1:56 pm

    You’ve had a busy time of it Bridget, I think a lot of bloggers have recently with all the events and kids going back to school etc… Have a little break x you deserve it after your great win x #DreamTeam It was lovely finally meeting you x Dawn

  32. October 14, 2017 / 12:19 pm

    I hope you feel better soon lovely. Sometimes time to switch off is the best thing! #dreamteam

  33. October 14, 2017 / 9:04 pm

    It’s so important to look within and take care of ourselves. #DreamTeam

  34. October 15, 2017 / 1:07 am

    Good for you – you’re doing the right thing taking some time out and it’s a good reminder…

  35. October 15, 2017 / 8:09 am

    I had to do this recently. We become so overwhelmed with the stuff we have to do that we forget that the top thing on that list should be to stop, rest and take time for ourselves. #dreamteam

  36. beckyhemsley
    October 16, 2017 / 7:02 am

    You are definitely doing the right thing by listening to your body – it is obviously telling you to slow down and rest – hopefully this will be enough for you to feel better again. You’re right – your family and your health are the most important things in life. Thanks for sharing #DreamTeam and I hope you’ve had a relaxing weekend 🙂

  37. October 16, 2017 / 6:22 pm

    I do hope by now you are feeling better and well rested. Coughs are dreadful and you may need to be looked at – I am a Jewish mama you know! Minions can watch while you rest! Do feel better! #dreamteam BTW, you managed some gorgeous shots anyway! xoxo

  38. October 17, 2017 / 7:39 am

    Aw i hope you feel better soon hun, absolutely sounds like you need a bit of a rest. I’ve been forced to do much less blogging recently because of my toddler and pregnancy and I’m actually now ok with it. I’d love to do more but I’ve been given a reality check really! #DreamTeam

  39. October 17, 2017 / 10:41 am

    Congratulations on your award Hun and I hope you’ve managed to have some tine to relax xx #dreamteam

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