Facing a 12 hour work day after next to no sleep could be disastrous....if I let it be! The nature of my thoughts will determine how my day unfolds. I can fall into the "poor me" trap and constantly remind myself of how tired I am. I can focus all of my energy on how hard it is going to be to get through the day.
I can acknowledge the fact that I am tired and give myself compassion for having a rough night. I can tell myself that things aren't always going to be this way, that I am only one of many, many parents who have had very little sleep. I can acknowledge that I may need to be kinder to myself today. I can choose to be grateful for the little boys that disturbed my sleep as there are many women who would long for their sleep to be interupted by children. I can choose to be grateful for my husband who helped throughout the night. I can choose to focus on the goodmorning kisses and the "I love you mummy" messages as I left for work this morning.
Today, I choose to be grateful. Today, I will be kind to myself. Today, I will acknowledge that I am doing the best I can and that is enough.
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