From there I spent a couple of hours split evenly between scrolling through depressing news headlines and snapping at my children, who wouldn’t have needed disciplining if I’d put my bloody phone down and given them the attention they deserve.
Next up, I attempted some work…needless to say that was an uphill struggle as well, I lasted 45 minutes before dragging the dog out for a walk.
And guess what? Within 10 minutes everything shifted. It was like someone turned the colour back on.
And just like that I was able to step back, get some perspective and tell myself all the things I tell others every day.
Funny how that works isn’t it.
Have you ever struggled to take your own advice?
I’m supposed to be all over my health, it’s my job to help other people and I reckon after 15 years in the trenches I’m pretty good at it.
However sometimes things just aren’t that simple.
Sometimes the smallest thing can throw you off course.
You can have everything in place, do all the right things, and yet some days will still fall apart and seem like a disaster.
But you know what, that’s ok.
Because I get to try again tomorrow.
In fact, why wait ’til tomorrow - I’ve got the rest of the day.
And if nothing else at least I’ve managed to write this, and hopefully help you feel a bit better if you’ve been struggling too.
You see, it’s completely normal to have days like this.
This is an exceptionally weird time.
We’re being challenged in ways we could never really have foreseen.
So my message to you (and to me!) is to be patient with yourself.
Cut yourself some slack.
Find the lessons you can learn - there are always lessons to learn.
And know that tomorrow is a new day, a fresh start.
And that is a gift we should all value, now more than ever.