Taking Care of You. Your Turn to Answer!

It’s no secret really that’s I’ve been behind and missing and possibly not getting all the posts up on time lately. I do this every year at this time … the end of summer. All the weight of my responsibilities comes crashing down … and then so do I.

So, though I know it may not have been the wisest thing to do in terms of potentially falling behind, this year I set those fears aside (at the request of my therapist and this guy who kinda loves me … okay who Really loves me … and I have declared myself on a mental and internetal vacation. I have avoided my inbox as much as possible, limited my facebook to about twice a day, almost completely stopped checking my book stats, and dedicated my time toward my family and taking care of me.

So my apologies for any and all inconveniences, however, if I don’t take care of me, I can’t take care of this website. I have decided that a bit of time without a perfectly ran website is WAY better than a lot of time with a really chaotically ran website … or worse, no website at all.

With that said, I’m wondering, what do you sometimes give up to take care of you? Do you sometimes need to set aside responsibilities to keep yourself from breaking down or ending up in the hospital? If not, what do you do?

5 thoughts on “Taking Care of You. Your Turn to Answer!

  1. Marybeth,

    First, I can totally sympathize with the crash. I am having something like that, knowing that summer is coming to an end and I will have to start getting up in the morning. To me that is absolutely overwhelming. Sometimes, you have to take a break from the things that stress you out.

    Things I do to feel better:

    Turn off the computer!
    Read a book
    Work on a sewing project – I do cross stitch and lately have been making canvas cancer ribbons and butterflies
    Take a LONG bubble bath in our jetted tub
    Go for a walk with the dog when I feel up to it
    Play fetch with him in the back yard if I don’t
    Snuggle with my cat – he’s great for therapy and he doesn’t judge me
    Spend time with my husband or just grab him for a quick hug
    Spend time with one of my children – just sit and talk to them for 5 or 10 minutes

    Hope that helps! Feel better and take care of yourself. Oh, I forgot. Anything that smells pretty helps – like flowers!


  2. I so agree and do the same thing. I think every person at some point MUST do this regardless if you have mental illness or not. There are only so many hours in the day and only so many things you can accomplish effectively in them. Prioritize do what MUST be done and if you can live another day without doing it, then it must not be that important. I think you do an amazing job on this site and am grateful you take time to take care of you. It sets a wonderful example for others. Keep up the good work!!

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