Last week was one of those weeks where I ended up having to take my own advice!
My youngest son picked up a stinking, snotty cold and was at home, off school, all week. Every day I thought he would be better by the next and be back at school so I could get on with myvery important work/studying/stuff…but each day he woke up just as thick with cold…and I started to get more and more hassled and stressed about losing a lot of the time I had intended to do other things with.
So, my lesson last week was that I just needed to surrender to it. I couldn’t change it, so there was no point stressing over it. Though that’s easier said than done!
The list of things I had to do last week needed to be put to one side. In fact, there was only one thing that had a real deadline on it…I’d set all the other deadlines for myself, which had just served to stress me out more!
It’s so easy to do this to yourself, make up these lists of ‘musts’ and ‘shoulds’ with deadlines attached and then get floored when you’re thrown a curveball (in the shape of a sick child for me) – because we keep holding on tight to the list of things we’re meant to do. Much easier to let go, surrender (with grace!) and regroup.
For those of you out there suffering or surrounded by snotty noses, check out my facebook post for a handy list of foods that create and prevent mucus! My all time favourite to use with the kids (who are very suspicious of green veg) is home-made chicken soup, which is packed full of all the vitamins and nutrients you need to tackle a cold with and is proven to thin mucous and keep your energy levels up.