As a mother why are we hell-bent on doing everything ourselves, taking on too much and just generally running around like headless chickens. The role of the mother has changed and I do believe motherhood as an expat here in Dubai is especially hard work. Yes there are some of us who are extremely lucky to have help and they are angels sent from heaven. However I’m not talking about that, I’m talking about running ourselves into the ground, taking on tasks, playdates extra projects that we know we just don’t have the time for, why do we do it? To moan about how busy we are, because we’re feeling guilty for not working? Because we’re feeling guilty for having help? Who know’s…….. All I know is that during one of the last few picks ups left of term I arrived very early, parked my car, closed my eyes for 2 minutes and BOOM I was gone..only waking up by the sexy tones of Adam Levine 10minutes after pick up had started. Now I’m sure there will be a few super mammies out there who will be disgusted by this and my response to them can not be published I’m afraid. It’s just made me realise that I’m not looking after myself, okay I exercise but I know I’m not eating properly and not getting enough sleep (clearly)
So this summer I threw caution to the wind and actually made sure I had a good time too. Ok I wasn’t out every night clubbing etc. I still exercised but I didn’t let it consume my whole holiday, if I couldn’t do it I couldn’t do I didn’t beat myself up about it. I ate what I wanted and I enjoyed it, I drank…a lot and I enjoyed it. I read a book!!!!! which never happens here, ok I came back to Dubai a lot fatter than I went but I was happy and I will be happy to get back into the exercise as it is something I want to do for myself. Dare I say it? it felt good, going forward from this I making myself a promise to take better care of myself.
With life becoming busier everyday for us all, the rat race demanding more and more it’s difficult to lose sight of whats important, your health & your happiness should be top of the list. So I ask you now not just Mammies but everyone…What have you done for yourself lately?
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