Friday, March 9, 2012
I can "preach this sermon" like nobody's business, but I fail miserably at it.
When you are parenting emotionally disturbed children it is especially essential that you take care of both your mental and physical health. You can not be an effective parent if your health is lacking.
I am an on-the-go person. I rarely sit down and just relax. When you parent kids with special needs you give up a lot, so as Lent approached, the thought of giving up yet another thing is emotionally draining to so many of us.
Several years ago I had a discussion with some of the group at ATN about giving something up. We decided that we would do something to nurture ourselves or do something to grow spiritually. Giving back to ourselves is one of the best things we can do for our family and ourselves, but one of the most difficult things to do.
It doesn't have to be something major. Today I am going to get my nails done.
This month I am doing some traveling, which is incredibly restorative to me. Last week I went on a business trip to Chicago. How can a business trip be relaxing? First of all, I rarely travel for business. Secondly, I went with my boss and a co-worker and we are all good friends. We laughed a lot, were treated to a wonderful dinner by the company, and just enjoyed each other's company. About 10 minutes after I returned from that, I turned around and went to Madison for my Lay Academy class. The class is full of good friends, and helps me to grow spiritually. I was gone from Thursday morning until lat afternoon on Saturday. It wasn't a long time, but it was enough to help my spirit.
Next week I will head to the mountains in North Georgia for a ATN Board of Directors meeting. The setting is beautiful and the friends are wonderful. To be among people that understand your life and you don't have to offer any explanations or excuses is so refreshing. I will be gone from Thursday morning until late Sunday night. Again, not a long time, but refreshing and renewing.
My self-care is not this extravagant every day. Usually it's something like knitting, reading a good book, or stopping (very difficult for me) and spending time on the couch with my husband.
Earlier this week I met with my Ear, Nose and Throat doctor to go over some test results relating to my sinuses and migraines. One of the things he recommended was regular massages. You don't have to tell me twice!! My husband was sitting right there when the doctor recommended this and even said my husband could do the massages. What better thing than having a doctor say you should get a massage?
Find something to do for yourself on a regular basis. It could be reading, exercise, bible study, pampering such as a massage or getting your nails done, a craft you enjoy, even coloring a picture. Pick whatever it is that will boost your spirits and your mental health. It is crucial to EVERY part of your life!