This morning, I woke up and decided I needed a break from technology. I didn’t have the mental energy for social media. I couldn’t sit and stare at the television. So, I watched Iris play. I read a little. Then, we took a nap. Typically, I don’t like to nap because sleeping has always been an unhealthy coping mechanism for me.
Afterward, I got out of the house. We went to my sisters-in-law for a couple of hours. It allowed me to socialize with another adult and let Iris play with her cousin. We left to pick up the boys from school, stopped by the store to get groceries for dinner. When we came home, I unloaded the groceries and took the kids to the park in our apartment complex. There was something within that couldn’t bear to be inside the apartment.
Part of my daily self-care is learning to listen to my emotions and understand why I have them. It’s not a perfect practice, and it may never be. But, today, I needed space from technology. As the day comes to an end, I planned on sitting by the window to read. We had dinner, cleaned the kitchen and bathed the kids. But, the sunshine was too beautiful to not take advantage of soaking in its rays before it set, even if it played peek-a-boo with the clouds.
When you become overwhelmed from your day or the day before, what helps calms the chaos within?