Day 19 - Today has not started as I had planned. My 5 year old daughter has been up all night vomiting for who knows what reason. Needing both her mum and dad in a frenzied relay team of cleaning carrying and comforting. So you can imagine this morning I was still up doing what mums do best and soldiering in through the awake and sleep times making sure she was ok. My alarm sounded at 5:30am and at this moment we were both asleep, my husband already left for work. Knowing I physically needed my sleep to stay strong but torn between wanting to not break my morning routine. I took a moment to consider the options and told myself to get up.
I checked in that everyone was settled and resting and safe and ok for now and went downstairs to follow a short morning routine. After all I didn't know how long I was going to have before she woke and started again or even if she would. I managed half an hour.
So later this morning this got me thinking that life does indeed bring us things we cannot plan for and being responsible for others is one of the biggest challenges we can face. But life will happen and should go on around us, even whilst we develop ourselves , some things will come that are unexpected , life might throw a series of obstacles of different severity our way, challenges will come when we already have a pile to already to our name. What we need to do is have the confidence and ability to adapt.
Whilst my example today isn't the biggest challenge I or many of you have or will ever face. It gave me an opportunity to recognise that at any given moment I can quit, give up, or excuse myself from living the life I had promised myself. But if I do that today will I wish I hadn't later, and even if I do it just for today what example or standard am I setting myself and others?
If I hadn't had time at 5:30am because my daughter needed me that would have been ok , of course it would, she would come first without a doubt . I would still have options, maybe I would have done it at 7pm when she fell back to sleep or I would have done separate minutes across the day. The answers were there if I wanted to look for them.
I still recognise in my body that I still need more sleep, my mind and body are telling me so I will listen. I might get rest if the day allows or plan to go to sleep earlier tonight. I can adapt. One thing I am sure is that although the day has started completely off plan it can still be a good day and my doing my routine when I did, I have set the day up so.
Below is a video I had shared with me by a friend recently . I thought today's post was a good place to share it.
I also felt this post a great place to share and remind others of my top tips when anyone in the house gets a bug or germs that could potentially spread itself around.
1. Open all the windows and let fresh air in , stale air out. Even if it's cold!
2. Clean everywhere , bathroom surfaces, bedrooms , beds , I wipe wash vacuum the whole house etc
3. Up the game on hand washing
4. Plenty of water for everyone (even if not unwell) keep our systems flushing through
5. Making sure everyone is having a good amount of plant derived minerals as replacing the electrolytes (minerals) asap
6. Burn tea tree oil in a diffuser or burner. Tea tree oil is antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiviral, making it great in the fight against any sort of infection or germ hanging around.
7. Rest - the infected (i.e. My daughter today ) are allowed to rest , sleep and be waited on (this happens in my house even if your an adult , luckily me and my husband have never been ill at the same time!)
8. Good healthy food when they are ready. Home made fibre-rich foods like apple and crunchy raw vegetables, ginger soups and starch rich food like bread or crackers are all good ideas. Bananas. Avoid dairy and anything processed.
9. I also talk aloud proclaiming ''we are all fit and well' a positive statement to the universe - as many times as I can , just to make sure I'm heard!
So my morning will still still be busy doing the job I love most of all, being a mum until later when I pass the baton to my partner so that I can complete my days work and commitments.
Sharing my journey is a way of me helping others.