In the meantime, some reasons to be cheerful.
I met up with a couple of friends this week, one a fellow special needs mum, and we multi tasked by walking and talking and trying to help each other. The other I've known for more than 25 years, but she lives abroad so I only see her occasionally. As well as renewing our friendship, comparing and contrasting our lives here and overseas is always fascinating!
I find that I'm often in danger of rigid thinking and getting stuck in a rut. Doing things one way and not trying to do them another. And that includes running.
You probably know that I still do a little (very slow) running, but always in the morning, straight after the kids leave if I can manage it. I've got it into my head that if it doesn't happen then, it won't happen at all. But on Tuesday I was out for a couple of hours, back too late to go to yoga, so I gritted my teeth, pulled on my running gear and off I went. And it wasn't so hard after all. Perhaps I'll do more runs later in the day and start a whole new thing.
Getting a break from the stress
Just for a few hours, when everything happened as it should. You don't realise how stressed you are sometimes, until you get a break and suddenly realise how much it was weighing you down.
'Tis the season of gorgeous colours, open fires, warm woollies and hot puddings. I plan to stay cheerful about that at least until the weather gets too cold...