I know I say this a lot, and really, I say it to remind myself. As parents and homeschoolers, we tend to be a self-sacrificing bunch. We don't like to slow down, especially if an educational or social opportunity appears. Decembers seem to be the worst. End of the year activities, get-togethers with family and friends, and general holiday preparations all combine to create a perfect storm for burnout. As much as I enjoy this time of year, I know I need to be cautious, especially since my asthma can be stress induced, and my worst attack ever happened in early January of 1995 as the holidays were winding down.
Of course, even with extra caution, I couldn't predict how stressful this December would be. With one sick cat that required several hundred dollars' worth of vet care, releasing a book, and several family issues, I've struggled to keep well this month. As a result, I haven't done nearly as much as I would have this year. No cards were sent. I missed my favorite homeschooling caroling party due to illness. The tree is not up yet. Any decorating was done by my husband and children. I only started baking cookies over the past few days. And I'm trying to be OK with all of this. I have said before that I'm no Wonder Woman. It's important to know my limits so that I can be there when my family needs me the most.
My wish for my readers is that you take time for yourselves this season. Whether you celebrate several holidays or simply welcome in the new year, remember to honor yourself and respect your limitations. You are worth so much to your family and yourself. Try not to overdo it.
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