Word of the Week #8

I’m cheating just a little bit with my Word of the Week selection. I’d like to say my choice sums up how the whole of the last seven days have felt but it doesn’t. It has, however, been my mantra for the last two days and I’m aspiring for it to stay front of mind as we enter a new week. So, without further ado, my word is:

Word of the Week - Calm

The first five days of this week I felt anything but calm. I am by nature a worrier and this week I let myself get wound up into a tighter and tighter ball of anxiety until I felt miserable and drained of energy. Catching Little Miss’s latest cold/cough hasn’t helped but much of my exhaustion was caused by my own racing mind. Everything feels so much harder when you’re stressed and have got into a negative mindset (I really must remember this!).

Friday saw my mood take a roller-coaster ride. Despite starting off well, I unravelled into a blind panic around lunch time. I got myself back on track by blitzing the house while Little Miss had her afternoon nap, which made me feel better for most of the evening, before the final tearful plunge came just before bed. Basically I was just too tired and anxious. But ironically my mood meant I couldn’t relax and ended up delaying sleep further until the early hours! And that was when I decided enough is enough.

On Saturday morning I made a conscious decision to force myself to try to relax, adopt a more positive mindset and just stay calm. I accepted my husband’s offer to take Little Miss out with him for a few hours while I chilled out at home on my own, catching up with Twitter and laying in bed. We then had a relaxed afternoon out in town, followed by good food and a film at home. I got to bed earlier, read a book (instead of my phone!) and enjoyed another lay in this morning – if you call 8am a proper lay in, these days anything later than 6.30am is considered good!

Today we’ve had another quieter day, staying at home, pottering around and getting a few key things off the ‘to-do’ list. And again I’ve made a conscious decision to watch my reactions and try to create as calm a mood as possible to set me up for the new week. So here’s hoping that calm remains my Word of the Week for the next seven days, at least until the next WotW post!

This post is part of the Word of the Week linky run by fellow blogger Jocelyn over at The Reading Residence. The idea is very simple, every week you come up with one word to sum up your week.

My previous words have been:

CanRelievedMidnight, HappyStickersProud and Spring.

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12 thoughts on “Word of the Week #8

  1. I so hope your mantra keeps on working for you. It is hard once you’re wound up and stressed to get yourself out of it, and every little niggle becomes a huge deal when you’re in that frame of mind. Glad you’ve had a better weekend and long may ‘calm’ reign! Thanks for sharing with #WotW x

    • Thanks. I hope it works too! I think I just needed to stop, rest, take a step back and look at the bigger picture rather than letting myself feel overwhelmed in the heat of the moment. Deep breathing also helps!

  2. Good for you. Keeping calm does take effort sometimes! #WotW

    • Thank you and yes, for me it certainly does! Glad to report that I’ve kept up the good work so far today. I even stayed serene in bed last night when I was awake at 2.30am for what felt like at least an hour with indigestion – nothing usually riles me more then lack of sleep! Hope you have a good week.

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