Setbacks and temporary obstacles

Life happens, doesn’t it? This past week we have had illnesses in our house, first gastro and then Ripley got a bad case of croup. He is on the mend now but these types of situations play havoc with our lives. Of course, the biggest issue is that kids cannot sleep when they feel sick or are having trouble breathing properly due to mucus and snot, so we end up sitting up half the night playing or with him sleeping on us. Then your routines are out the window, you feel so tired despite seven coffees, but you have to keep going for your child.

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This has happened to us more times than I can count, with illnesses like GORD and food allergies, one way or another, there is almost never a clear week of better sleep and calmer days. Invariably something goes wrong and we are struggling to get through the days. I try to see each as a temporary situation or obstacle and try not to get weighed down by the overall theme, which is pretty overwhelming.

So in these moments, life becomes about self-care, about finding small moments where you can nourish yourself. Believe me, I know it’s hard but it is necessary. I have been using this gratitude journal on my tablet and trying to find small things in each day that I can appreciate. A lot of the days are the same; coffee, sunshine, flowers, or magazines. But occasionally something bigger will enter my consciousness and I will record it. For me, minimalism is about recognising the moments in life where intentionality can be useful.

If you are feeling overwhelmed or facing a temporary setback, try some of these ideas to cope:

  • Keep a gratitude journal
  • Make a list of small things you’d like to do for yourself
  • Think about how you would like to feel, and only do activities that make you feel that way
  • Read or watch positive stories and movies or TV shows
  • Allow yourself to become immersed in something you enjoy, even if it is only for 5 mins

Above all, remember that life is made of many seasons, and they all pass. One way or another, you will move through this current season and one day you will look back on it with different eyes than you do now.

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