Thank you to all those who commented on my previous post. After a week off school I am now feeling more relaxed and on top of things. I've been thinking about why I got myself into such a state: it's because I always end up taking on too much, It's a mistake I make again and again. I agree to do things too easily, without thinking of the consequences for me and the rest of the family. A recent example was editing our school magazine, a demanding task which I ended up doing in evenings and at the weekend, snapping at anyone who interrupted me. It has now been printed and distributed and I am pleased with the results. But was it worth the collateral damage to my mental health and relationships at home?
This week there's been another example. In the summer I was offered the opportunity to host a Boden clothes party. I like Boden clothes - pricey but good quality - and I have bought a few items recently. So when the email arrived, I signed up for it and was offered a date in half term. I liked the idea of hosting an all female party and trying on the clothes. Of course, I didn't consider the downside - the huge effort required to set up all the clothes and pack them away again. Did I enjoy it? Yes - it was lovely seeing my friends and I quite enjoyed transforming our living room into a clothes shop. Yet it really wasn't lot of fun getting up early yesterday morning to pack it all away. My daughter helped - she set up and put away the accessories you can see below. But, because I was so busy, I got stressed and snappy with her again and angry words were exchanged; too many fluctuating hormones in our house at present.
I read this article in the press recently about happiness. I meant to cut it out and try to get hold of the book it was promoting but the paper got recycled. If anyone knows the book I am talking about, please tell me. The basic idea was this: you conduct a happiness audit. Write down all the things you do - work and leisure activities - and how long you spend and then award a score out of 10 for each activity according to how happy it makes you feel. I'm planning to this for the next month. I hope I will be able to break the 'doing too much' habit and spend more time on what I really enjoy. Now I am going to stop blogging and go for a walk, one thing that does make me happy - it's a beautiful autumn morning.
PS - Camera playing up. Photos not uploading. No pics of Boden party pics then. Am I going to waste precious daylight hours struggling with technology? No - will walk dog instead. Here's a picture of us on my birthday in July when we found a Gruffalo on a walk in Delamere forest. He knows how to be happy and doesn't do too much ( the dog, not the Gruffalo.)