How to pick yourself back up after a fall
Happy Monday everyone!
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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.
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?
Thanks for reading!