The other day, I had somewhere important to be. I was doing my hair and realized that it was the first time I had done my hair in months (!). I then began to think of all the things that fell by the wayside that I used to do for myself but have fallen through the cracks since I've been in crisis mode. It's been hard moving to a new area, being pregnant with our second and have everything fall apart in a matter of minutes. I'm still a long way away from exiting crisis mode because of our circumstance but doing my hair made me think that I need to be kinder to myself and that it would be okay to take an extra few minutes to do the things that would help me feel somewhat better.
As parents, so much of what we do, we do for our kids. When was the last time you showed compassion to yourself? For me, it's still a hard thing to do. I can't even go shopping without buying something for Henry when the money that I have should all be going towards something I need. I feel guilty if I don't.
Please be kind to yourself, you've got this. Do the best that you can under the circumstances. It makes everything in the world right again when you take time to breathe. You'll feel so much better when you're put together and then in turn, can give more to those around you.