You know I always find it slightly amusing when medical professionals tell you you really need to rest up properly and/or you need to avoid stress for a while…

And it’s like you’re thinking to yourself ‘Oh yes, what a great idea! Why didn’t I think of that? I’ll just go home, get on the phone and hire an au pair, a children’s entertainer, a cleaner, a personal chef, a driver with their own car (since I don’t have one and usually walk everywhere), and perhaps a pet sitter too to look after the big cats and the 6 kittens and who can give supplementary formula feeds every few hours to the teeny ‘failure to thrive’ one who I nearly thought wouldn’t make it, oh and perhaps I can call the bank too and explain that I need to rest and avoid stress so they need to let me not pay my mortgage, and credit card minimum amount this month…Actually, yes, why didn’t I think to do all this before? Then maybe I wouldn’t have got sick in the first place…silly me…such a simple solution.’

Seriously though, I appreciate their advice, and they are of course correct, and most of us already know that, but it’s just not a realistic or doable option for many people. And it’s particularly difficult for single parents, or those that have unsupportive partners, very little money, and just can’t access many of the resources that would help one get that all important rest, and to avoid that evil stress…

Okay, I’m off to put away the groceries now, plan dinner, do a kitten formula feed, put on a load of washing, do the dishes, and then, I might just let myself have a little rest…

– Judi Reed, 2017