I feel guilty when I ask my partner to have a turn trying to settle our teething son.
I feel guilty when my son hurts himself.
I feel guilty when I leave my son’s nappy on for longer than I should.
I feel guilty for wanting time to myself.
I feel guilty for not knowing what my son wants or needs sometimes.
I feel guilty when I work on my business from home.
I feel guilty when I work on my business away from home.
I feel guilty when I am away from my son, for any reason.
So. Much. Guilt.
I can’t stop it!
Mum guilt is INTENSE.
That connection with my child is SO POWERFUL.
I’ve accepted the fact that I will feel guilty about all the things – big or small.
So, instead of trying to never feel guilty, which I feel is a losing battle, I choose to be aware, I choose to recognise those familiar feelings of guilt, when they arise.
When I become aware of those feelings, I can put them into perspective, I can be kind to myself.
I can remind myself that time to myself is IMPERATIVE for my mental health, and for me to be able to show up as the best version of me that I can, for me, and for my son.