It’s important to talk self-care because it seems like it’s something we don’t think we need. The reality is, it's critical that we have self-care for a healthy lifestyle. I know it sounds crazy to take time from your busy schedules to care for yourself, but believe me, it is so good for you. To put this into perspective, consider your car. What does it need in order for you to drive it? You guessed it: gas. What happens when your car does not have any gas? It can't go anywhere until you fill it up again. In a lot of ways, you are like your car. If you keeping going and going without taking time to replenish your tank, you are going to sputter out on the freeway, in the need to call a tow truck.
One of the most important things to keep in mind when considering implementing self-care into your schedule is that it does not need to be complicated. Something as simple as taking a break from chores to go on a walk outside for thirty minutes or listening to some calm music and reading a good book can do wonders. Take some time to consider what might be some ways that you can replenish your tank and write it down. Is it adding a bubble bath after a long day at the office? Or is it taking something away such as saying “no” to another volunteer opportunity so you can have a game night with the kids? Whatever it is, go for it and do not be afraid to partake in a little self-care.
If you need help in thinking through how you can take some time and care for yourself, we’d love to talk with you. Schedule an appointment with our counseling ministry at east91st.org or by calling 317-598-1580.