Dear Mum with the chronic illness... You know how there are those mothers who turn up at the school in the morning on time with their hair and make up done, their kids fed and their housework already done?
I am sooooooo not one of those mothers! It's 9:30am, I am in my PJs with bed hair and no make up on, eating scotch eggs filled with unhealthy salads. Warren dropped the kids to breakfast club on his way to work and Autumn is sat in bed next to me, with my iPad and her cereal.
I have not opened my laptop to start my working day yet today and I have no intention of getting up before 11am. Yet, despite all of that, I am going to have a super efficient day today and my home is going to be perfectly organised for Ella's 9th birthday tomorrow.
I'll never be one of those "Stepford Wife" mothers. I will always be a Fibro mother. My days will always start later than everyone else's, even when I have been up since 4am because it was too painful to sleep. But I will still battle my way through each day, be productive and achieve as much as I can.
For today, my challenge for you is this:
STOP! Sit down and plan ways you can adapt your life to make coping easier for you. It could be something as simple as starting and ending your day an hour earlier, or setting up an easily tidied away workspace in your living room, or assigning chores to the kids, rather than struggling to do all of them yourself, or paying a local teen to cut your grass. Whatever it is, plan it and put it in place today. It doesn't need to be a long list of ideas, start small with one or two changes you can make, to make your days easier to get through.
Go easy on yourself, be patient with yourself and adapt, your body will thank you for it. And no matter what you think, Chronic Illness Mum - You are doing a wonderful job. ~ Stace x 💞x
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