I want to tell you a story…about the year that Christmas made me so ill, it took months to recover (and a lot of money!)
It was 2012 and Dexter was a toddler…his sleep was up and down and we were yet to find out that he had a gluten and dairy intolerance.
I’d started my business and Dexter had started nursery…it had been a tiring year, so I was really looking forward to some chilled family time, an extra pair of hands and a few lie ins!
I thought that now he was a little bit older (although not fully understanding Christmas) that he would cope with it a bit better…wrong!
The run up to Christmas was absolutely manic for me (December is always one of my busiest months, due to the amount of children struggling) and there was something going on at nursery ALL THE TIME…Dexter had no concept of time, so constantly thought that Christmas was just round the corner
We had meet ups with friends and family, visits to Father Christmas, nursery events, Christmas parties…I was exhausted and Dexter was completely overtired and had started waking up multiple times every night, then at the crack of dawn
By the time Christmas arrived we were both wrecked, so we just planned to take it easy…little did I know that things were about to get worse.
Christmas food plus chocolates and puddings aren’t very tummy friendly and we had no idea that Dexter had intolerances…sleep, his behaviour and his health went right out of the window.
By January I was on my knees and suffering from adrenal fatigue. I was struggling to get out of bed, struggling to work…struggling with EVERYTHING.
That year was a massive lesson for me, I learnt a lot about what not to do and what I could do to support my extra sensitive boy (and help others understand that just because he was outgoing and full of life, it didn’t mean he wasn’t overwhelmed) and support myself, so that I didn’t burn out again.
I’d like to say that this is unusual but unfortunately I’ve seen this happen to so many of my clients over the years…and when you’re already tired with a Little One who is easily overwhelmed or overstimulated, it’s so easy to crash.
Start looking after yourself right a the beginning of December (if you’re not already!) and know that you can say no to events that don’t feel right…you and your family come first.
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