As mother’s, we tend to neglect our needs and health first. Because we feel responsible for taking care of our children, husbands, parents, and anyone else who is close to us, we put ourselves on the back-burner and put everyone else’s needs ahead of our own. Unfortunately, we don’t realize that we are running on empty until our health begins to deteriorate and we are forced to re-evaluate our lives. Here are some ways that we can put ourselves first so that we don’t find ourselves frenzied and sick:
One of the greatest gifts you can ever give yourself is the gift of meditation. When you meditate, you intentionally quiet the mind and focus on what you can control, which is your breathing. Breathing deeply re-energizes the cells and allows you to focus on the here and now. It also quiets your mind so that you can focus on one thing and one thing only. Your mind may drift (because you are used to worrying about so many things at one time,) but you can calmly refocus yourself and get back to breathing deeply and enjoying the relaxation.
How often do we put off getting manicures and pedicures or a backrub at the local spa because we either don’t have the time or money? Why not cut back on something else in order to treat yourself to something you know you will enjoy. You can be of any help to anyone else if you don’t make the time for yourself. Go ahead and treat yourself to something you know you will enjoy.
I make reading a daily part of my life. I have always loved to read, but never took the time to make it a daily habit. The best books for me are inspirational books, and books that show me how to connect to the ultimate good in life so that I can be of service to others. Maybe your favorite books are mysteries or love stories. Maybe you even like to read poems. Go out and buy books that you enjoy, and read them every day. Maybe start off reading for 1/2 hour and gradually increase the time.
Do you make it a habit to write something every day? It doesn’t have to be a large novel; just a few words to say that you are aware of your love for yourself, your family and your friends. Writing in a journal or on a blog allows you to release a wealth of creative knowledge that you probably never even knew you had. It also helps you to connect with your higher self, a realm which many of us don’t realize exists. Writing down your thoughts, hopes and/or dreams helps you to realize that you are worth more than what you give yourself credit for.
I have incorporated each of these steps into my life and would only recommend them if they work. I am here to say that they do! Please do something special for yourself and know that you can only be as strong to/for others as you are to yourself. Have a wonderful day, and I look forward to reading your comments below.