One of the main things that has been helping me through my PPD and anxiety is to take a daily break when my husband gets home. I’m not always good at taking the 15-20min break, because there is always something needing to be done, but it is so important for me to recharge and take on the rest of the night.
As I’m sitting upstairs, locked in my bedroom, trying to strain every last second of my daily “me time” out, all I can hear is my children screaming and crying. Poor daddy. I always seem to have 7 things I want to do during this small, but sacred, time and today it was to pick up a book to read. I grabbed the book “Give them grace” by Elyse M. Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson that I still have yet to finish, and as I’m reading words like “grace, salvation, obedience, rules, demonstrating, grace, grace, grace….” all I can do is crack up as I hear the world crumbling around my two kids and husband downstairs.
Then, alas, the dreaded “Melissaaaaa” plea from my husband rings out, and I know my time has (too quickly) come to an end. All hands on deck are needed and it’s time for me to take a deep breath, and dive back into the chaos.
I’m not saying the time taken needs to be perfect or feel productive, but I am saying it’s important for everyone to take a little time to recharge. Break away from the stress or work and rebalance. It will only help everyone around you to have a calm, level headed person return to help.