Self Care is the name of the game for long term wellness.
My child’s therapist said I’m the only mom my kids have; that it’s stressful enough having a child with special needs not to mention when medication isn’t balanced and we are recovering from earlier events. She challenged me to think of concrete things that I can and will do to ensure I come out of this season strong.
1. Self Care Fridays.
Once the kids are out of the house, I reserve the right to do what I want. Watch a show, get my nails painted, ignore emails, eat some chocolate. This is my rest, reflect, be still Sabbath time. I’m keeping my calendar clear
I have never regretted a workout. I will remember this when it seems like too much work to find my sneakers and sports bra.
I love my Erin Condren planner. Planning my weekly tasks and to dos helps me feel in control.
4. Detailed notes.
I’m keeping a large spiral notebook handy where I log everything I do for my child: phone calls, meetings, appointments. I am surprised at the amount of time I have invested into keeping him healthy, educated and treated fairly. (I keep a separate notebook for work)
5. Breakfast or Lunch with friends.
I know brilliant, funny, insightful women. I love sharing a meal with them.
6. Devotion time.
This is an opportunity to hear God and connect with the Divine. It brings me direction, purpose and courage.
I don’t play in public but I love to play and sing when no one else is home.
8. Read a book.
my sister, mom or best friend.
10. Take a nap.
11. Spend time with my dogs and horses.