Welcome to Tuesday in my little corner of the world where the sun is shining and the wind is blowing. We had really heavy showers of rain overnight and the garden is looking very refreshed.
The days are moving on very fast and we are half way through August already and soon will be in the "Ber" months of September, October, November and December - it is hard to believe that it is only 133 days until Christmas.
This doesn't bother me because I have "Tinselitis" and Christmas lives in my heart all year round - but I do know that it gives many people a fright to realize that it is that close.
I have arrangements well in hand as I buy things all through the year so the Christmas feelings are with me all year.
It can be a difficult time for many and a time when it is just too much work and the stress levels rise so it is particularly important to take good care of yourself, especially if the family is depending on you for the tinsel and tinkling bells.
Not only is it important at Christmas time to take care of yourself - this should be all all year round procedure especially if your role is that of caregiver, home maker, bread winner. Many women are homemakers and also out in the work force so their load is heavy and it is important that they realize they are worth taking care of themselves and can learn to accept help and support from the family.
Sometimes they need a listening ear outside the family and the bonds of friendship are so very important. Find someone with whom you can be totally honest with and admit that you are not coping, are tired or miserable. They don't have the answers, but their listening will lighten your load.
Teach your family to be a little less dependent on you - they will benefit in the end and if you are unwell - find someone to take care of little ones and take yourself off to bed. It's okay to admit you are in need of rest.
It's okay to admit that things at the Office are piling up and you are struggling, it's okay to admit that you have too much shopping to do, laundry to do, cooking to do. Involve other members of your family and enlist their help - you are worth taking care of. It is okay to say "I need help with this" Everyone benefits - you from the support and the family from the feeling of helping.
Wherever the winds blow you today I hope that there is beauty to be found and that you can find joy in the little things on your journey and that the passengers you travel with are supportive and caring.
Thank you for visiting the Musings of My Heart - a heart that has found the joy and liberation of being able to say - I need help, and to graciously accept that help.
Love and hugs,