Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Take care of yourself!

That's my motto for today. I have been thinking about this most of the day. I had a few things come up today and over the past couple of days, and without including the details - I have just realized that it is so important for us to take care of ourselves. I think that when you take care of yourself first, that you can then take care of everything else and everyone (who you need to) next. 

I can't preach about this, because only in the very recent years, have I started to realize this. This has been a very difficult journey for me - a work in progress - and something that I need to be conscience about every day. My struggle with realizing this, was that I felt that taking care of everything else in my life - made me feel good and so I must be ok. But really, I realize now that it was so the opposite. I was more worried about having a clean kitchen and bathroom, making sure that dinner was on the table and the dogs were always walked at the same time. Ok, I still like to make sure the pups are walked - but I am a little more flexible. I also make sure that we have a healthy dinner and that the house is 'somewhat' cleaned*, but I don't let those be a priority. 

*My cleaning lady has quit. She has a full time job. My one clean was the best. It was good while it lasted.  I need to do the bathroom - she's not coming back. Sigh.

I knew that in order for me to be healthy, that I needed to make myself number one. I didn't really realize that this would be so difficult. When I started on my journey I thought that I would just be. Just be strong, capable, willing and it would all be really easy. It wasn't.  I had to recognize  what was causing me stress, what I could do differently, what would still be there for me if it wasn't attended to right away. 

I am still struggling on the journey. But it's a different challenge. I had stress in my life before, and it actually made me sick - now, when I am feeling stress - I make myself realize what it is, and do something about it as soon as possible.

I know that we are all different - that's what makes the world go around. But, I think that taking care of ourselves is something that should be the same. I guess the way in which we do it, is different. I think that we need to and should be asking for help from those around us. But it's important to remember that we can't solely rely on them. I also think that it's really important that we surround ourselves with other people that can help us on our journeys - and people that you can help along. We are all on a journey - and we can all use help in getting there.

Over and out.

Wait - a few more things.
I mailed giftys!!!! Jenny and Shannon, your packages should be arriving in 3 days. I hope you like them. 
Dinner tonight was an old comfort food standby. Meat pie - and roasted veggies.  I had a craving for something comforting tonight. I had a crap food day today at work - I didn't eat breakfast - didn't have a chance - had a donut - really healthy Mitchell. Then ate lunch way to late - a veggie sandwich on whole wheat - I guess that wasn't too bad - but I just didn't feel great about those choices. See journey above. HA!
The pups and I had a great walk - there was a lot of stopping and sniffing - we haven't had a walk in the hood in ages b/c we've been doing park walks - so they had a lot of catching up to do. 
Alright - I need to make lunches, do some dishes, and get ready for a healthy night of some good sleeps.

Be good to yourself. Nobody else will. (ironically sung by Journey)



Jenny said...

I've been really struggling with this as well. I work hard at balancing the chequing account, make sure the kids are leading a balanced life and I'm the one person I put everything off until last. I leave my workout til the end of the night when I'm exhausted and mentally spent,instead of first thing in the morning.
That's my new goal for myself...focusing on me...

C. Mitchell said...

Good for you Jenny! You deserve that. And really in the end, it can only benefit everyone else, but mostly you. Be selfish. I think that it's ok to do that.

Your gifty is on the way - let me know if you likey!

Loves, C.