How to pick yourself back up after a fall

How to pick yourself back up after a fall

Happy Monday everyone!

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This is my first post in a while and it has been a tough month. How did March treat you?

I posted at the end of February about my reasons for taking a break, but I am excited to now be dipping my toe back into the world of blogging. This is the longest that I have taken a break for, since I started blogging and I have to admit that I was really nervous at first.

Would all my followers disappear?

Would publishers or authors be annoyed because I didn’t review their books as quickly as I usually would?

Luckily, the truth is that everyone has been very understanding and lovely. It has now been six weeks since I had surgery and I am finally feeling back to my normal self. We have also moved house, which has necessitated a lot of packing, unpacking, painting, cleaning etc, all slowed down by the fact that I haven’t been able to do everything with my normal speed and effort.

Today, I finally unpacked my last box of books (because, face it, they’re the most important things!) which is a great feeling…although they seem to have bred while in transit, so I will need to buy some more bookshelves…

This month has been an eventful one for me in many ways and I have learned a lot about the importance of forgiving yourself your mistakes and treating yourself as you would wish to be treated.

After surgery, I beat myself up a lot about not being able to do as much as I felt I should and I ended up trying to do too much, too soon. I went back to work before I was ready and I didn’t give myself the care I would have given to anyone else in the same situation.

Yet, I am the one who has to live with myself so I am trying to unlearn the habits of years and, finally, put my own health and wellbeing first.

Here are a few quotes which I’m trying to keep in mind to help:

“You can do anything…just not everything.”

– Unknown

“And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.”

– John Steinbeck

“Lighten up on yourself. No one is perfect. Gently accept your humanness.”

–Deborah Day


“Of all the judgments we pass in life, none is more important than the judgment we pass on ourselves.”

– Nathaniel Branden

An empty lantern provides no light. Self-care is the fuel that allows your light to shine brightly.”

– Unknown

“Self-compassion is simply giving the same kindness to ourselves that we would give to others.”

– Christopher Germer

“There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.”

– Aldous Huxley

“Invent your world. Surround yourself with people, color, sounds, and work that nourish you.”

– Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy

What matters is not how you fell or how you get back up again, just the fact that you do get up…and continue to pick yourself up again and again.

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Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to send me a message to wish me well and I look forward to getting back to a full blogging schedule as soon as possible!

What do you do when you need to look after yourself?

How do you find time for ‘self-care’ in a busy day?

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Thanks for reading!

3 Comments Add yours

  1. It’s really lovely to see you back 💜.
    I was incredibly nervous about needing to take a break from blogging when I had surgery last year (so much so that I threw myself into pre-scheduling things before surgery so it would only be a few weeks, though I do kind of wish I’d taken longer because it was a struggle to start writing again when they ran out, which I hadn’t forseen…).
    That was a very long and bad way of saying that I relate to this a lot, and I’m trying to do the same. Looking forward to reading your new posts, and I hope you’re loving the new house even though progress with it has been a bit slow x

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    1. Thank you! It will probably take me a while to get back up to speed, but I am determined to get back into the swing of things, even if it takes longer than I might have hoped. Off for Easter at the end of this week so am hoping to get loads done then, both in blogging and in the house! Unfortunately, my surgery was not something I was expecting so I didn’t have much notice, otherwise I might have tried to ‘stock up’ on posts in advance. I’m looking forward to catching up on everyone else’s blog posts too as I feel like I have missed out on tonnes! Hope you’re well! x

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