Is it time to rest?

Is it time to rest?

Today is 29th February and social media is telling us we have an extra day. I wonder what most mums have done with that day. My guess is that most will not have taken it as a day of rest. I imagine mums across the world doing their usual mix of juggling a whole heap of stuff – parenting, work, friends, partners, caring, commuting, running a business and housework.

I am on happy pills to treat depression. They keep me on a cheerful and happy keel. I am thankful for them.

One of the most important things they do is to ensure I rest when I need to. My body simply slips into a nap when it needs one. It might last 20 minutes or 2 hours.

I have an unproven theory that half the reason so many mums struggle with mental health issues is that they are frankly knackered. It makes absolute sense to me that sleep deprivation built up over the years of waking babies, poorly toddlers and gaming teens is bound to take a toll of the poor mums. Add in that in so many families mums still take on the bulk of the housework possibly combined with volunteering, caring for elderly relatives, being self-employed or keeping a job down and it is clear most of us need a day of rest.

People who know me say I am difficult when I am tired. So when I am on my happy pills, I get enforced rest and everyone is a winner.

So I cherish my magic moments which mean I sleep and am restored to my best.

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3 Comments

  1. ClearlyBex March 1, 2016 / 2:54 pm

    Sadly yesterday I didn’t get to rest at all, infact it was so darn busy I actually need another “extra day to my year” – alas I shall have to wait another 4 years for my extra “free day”. I am sorry to hear about your depression and I hope you feel better soon. #MagicMoments

  2. Bridie By The Sea January 23, 2017 / 10:16 pm

    I agree wholeheartedly with this – as mums we just keep going and ignore the signs when we are feeling tired. I’m so sorry to hear about your depression, hope you feel better soon. Thank you for linking up to #dreamteam x

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