Over the past two months I have been dealing with an increasingly difficult personal challenge. This wasn't something I chose, and wasn't something I could immediately change or fix, especially on my own. I am already anxiety-prone and pretty high strung as is, so this particular challenge really took me to a breaking point of sorts over the past couple of weeks.
Did you know people could break out in hives from stress? I used to do so as a small child on occasion, but hadn't experienced them in MANY years. That is until last month when I had a severe case that covered my body from head to toe in large, painful welts.
That was a big wake up call that all of my "I'm totally fine!"s and "I can handle everything life throws my way!"s were not fooling my brain. I really had to take a few steps back to figure out a sanity-preserving way forward--especially since stress hormones pass right through the body to breastmilk.
It took about a week of internal debate, as well as a generous amount of prodding from family, for me to make a final decision. Once I made it, though, it was like a weight lifted off my shoulders. I'm still feeling really good about it and have been experiencing MUCH less stress in my life overall as a result.
I have been reminded of one of my favorite sayings, "You can do anything but not everything." How very true. So, the moral of this story is that you must learn both your personal limits and how to stand up for yourself. It's a crazy, chaotic world and if you don't care about you then who else will?