The past three weeks have been a whirlwind of activities. I am certain I am not alone. Parents in most of the United States, (I write this as I have many people visiting this site from across the globe), are in a frenzy with end of the school year activities. I was no exception. The past three weeks have been filled with celebrating birthdays in our family, going on stage for Listen to Your Mother-Providence Show, camping for Girl Scouts, Talent Shows, being a guest on a radio show (podcast to follow), hosting my mother for who lives out-of-town for a week visit, a couple of gatherings with friends, and taking care of and spending time with my children, husband and of course work. So, I took a break from posting.
I was practicing self-care. The pace of the past few weeks has been so hectic, I found myself needing as much sleep as I could get, which meant going to bed at a reasonable time instead of staying up later than would be helpful. I also scaled back on early morning writing and exercising. I did not eliminate exercise or writing; instead I prioritized sleep, rest, and listened to what I needed instead of letting the guilt of the “I should be doing something else” creep into my mind. When I did exercise, I made sure to practice yoga and found myself meditating more often paired with gratitude exercises that helped me to manage and decrease stress.
The break served me well as I am more rested and ready to head into the final busy and demanding weeks with my children, school activities and work. This week, I will be sharing a two-part post on parenting: Understanding Sibling Bullying and Helping Your Child Resolve Conflict.
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