School holidays are almost at an end and seem to have gone way too quickly as usual. The end of school term was another busy one and I ended up with a few little health issues that concerned me. High blood pressure, chest pain, headaches, earache and just generally feeling unwell for a few weeks so I decided to take myself to a Doctor to be checked out. I was a bit worried when the Doctor told me she wanted to monitor my blood pressure for a week and then possibly refer me to a cardiologist.
We had a couple of days break in the first week of the holidays, travelling to Dorrigo and Bellingen and visiting lots of beautiful waterfalls and a bushwalk through the Rainforest Centre at Dorrigo. We stayed the night in Bellingen at the quaint Federal Hotel and ate dinner at a delicious Middle Eastern restaurant called Za’atar. The girls were a bit disappointed we weren’t going to the pub for Chicken Schnitzel and chips but we convinced them to try the tasting plate and I think they were surprised how much they enjoyed the food.
It really is a beautiful part of NSW. There are lots of lovely shops to explore and the waterfalls and walks are lovely.
After exploring the area, we drove to Taree and spent 2 nights with Linden’s Aunt. I read books, the girls swam in the pool and helped Linden work in the garden. It was just what I needed to relax and get my blood pressure back down to a healthy range.
I have been back to the Doctor and thankfully my levels seem to be going okay at the moment – two weeks off work, school and kids activities have probably helped. It seems I get myself worked up and stressed and need to learn ways to relax which is easier said than done. She mentioned finding time to do things I love and I really struggled to remember what I used to love to do. It’s so difficult to find any ‘me time’ and there are really not many options here. I find I’m always so busy with working and driving the girls here and there that I have really lost myself these past few years. I think my mental health has taken a battering as well as my physical health.
I’m hoping I can turn a corner and start to feel better soon.