When mom gets ill

O help, you're ill.... And you can't ignore it and feel too weak to do anything else but focus on getting better*.

But, what about your kids now? And your husband (who must be an adult, come to think of it)? And your housekeeping, getting everyone a healthy meal, and o yes, work and/or your biz. 

I am so with you, dear girl. On average, I'm in this boat once a year. Just like right now. And since I only have one biz (or two, actually), it seems I have to prioritize. Not to mention, I'm pregnant with boy number four, so that adds some responsibility for another person I cannot delegate. 

So, my steps to get healthy and up and running again?

 

1. Take a time out, and I don't mean 5 minutes. Clear your schedule for this day and the next with everything outside of your home. Communicate this clearly to everyone involved. Make a fort out of your bed with water, tea, your laptop (Netflix, email, Facebook) and some nice pillows and candles and stuff to make you feel better. 

2. Get help, from hubby, family, friends and professionals to take care of your kids, and optionally your home. Remember, you will only be available for cuddles. Make sure you don't have to worry about the rest. Seriously, ask for help! 

3. Go see a doctor if you think it's necessary. Make an appointment and make sure you have the time to discuss everything that's bothering you. Ask for specific, doable tips to help you get better fast. 

4. Sleep. Sleep. Sleep. This will make you better. 

5. Eat healthy things, such as veggies :) but, if your appetite isn't up to par (eating vs. feeling worse),  eat what you like at that moment but be aware of the effect it may have on your gut. 

6. Go back to your schedule and see if you have to clear some more. Make a plan to increase your busyness step by step over the next few days. 

7. If  'disaster' strikes likes this, give yourself permission to Take Care of Yourself First! Here the airplane-analogy comes in handy again: if you don't take care of your own oxygen first, you might not be able to provide it to the people around you. 

 

Take care and get better dear momma, get well soon! 

 

 

* I am not referring to serious, life-threatening diseases or chronic illnesses, more to something like a flu. I have the utmost respect for people who have to deal with  a chronic or life-threatening situation and I wish you all the best. 

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