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The power of self care

Saturday, November 17, 2012

In the face of extreme crisis in my world, the past two days have proven to me that the best thing one can do in a crisis is take extra good care of yourself!

I'm being tested right now in ways I never imagined. Big things have come to my home that I really never dreamed of.

At first, my instincts were to numb myself with food. I spent a month plus in the abyss of binging and self-loathing. It's what I've always done and it came to me quite easily. But really, it wasn't easy at all. All it did was compound the problems in my life because in addition to the Hell I found myself in, I was creating another realm of Hell: self loathing, lack of sleep, poor digestion, etc.

Luckily, I continued to tap into the Spark community - I tracked, blogged, got and received messages, goodies, mail, and most of all, incredible support and advice. I kept starting over, knowing in my subconscious that eventually I'd pull ahead.

Now I'm two days back on track. This is the longest I've gone in over a month, so for me it's a great sign. What's more, I'm remembering all the reasons why self care is actually the easy way! It feels great, I have more energy, my digestion works well, and I wake up feeling clean, light, and ready to face the day with strength and confidence.

The only way my family and I are going to make it through this is if I'm feeling strong and my self esteem is high. And for me, that's all tied to how much I'm taking care of myself.
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TINAJANE76 11/18/2012 4:29PM

    And you're doing so well! I know you'll make it through this tough period. Stay strong and keep on doing what you're doing to push on through and take care of yourself.
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IMREITE 11/18/2012 2:21AM

    There are so many simple things we can do to care for ourselves instead of medicating ourselves with unneeded "food" items.

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RUNNERRACHEL 11/17/2012 2:04PM

    You are making the right choices. Taking care of yourself is so important. And the Spark community is a source of inspiration, motivation, encouragement, and feedback. We are all here to help one another and receive help at the same time. So glad I found Spark emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DAUGHTEROFTWIN 11/17/2012 10:13AM

    The best way to deal with crisis is to tap into our inner calm. Food therapy provides a false calm as long as we're eating. Once we stop, our world devolves into worse turmoil than it was before. Your strength comes from your inner calm and control over the things you actually can control. I am happy you are in a good place today. You can continue to develop that inner peace. If you begin to feel that strong urge to cover your emotions with food, try a breathing exercise, focusing on the benefits of not binging and how the food won't fix the problem.



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KANOE10 11/17/2012 10:13AM

    I love that feeling of waking up, feeling happy and ready to face the day..because you made good choices in the previous day.

You knew that you would eventually get back on track because you believe in yourself! You are a strong caring person dealing with much stress. Yes, you are so right..you can deal with the stress much better if you have energy and simply are healthier from making the right choices.

Woohoo on staying on track for two days. You can do it.

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DOOBIE893 11/17/2012 8:06AM

    I am so sorry that you are going thru this but I am happy for you that selfcare is one of your priorities. Thank you for sharing. emoticon

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WILLOWBROOK5 11/17/2012 8:06AM

    So glad to hear you are back on track and taking care of yourself!
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MJRVIC2000 11/17/2012 7:59AM

    Way to overcome crisis is to face them. When we confront life's issues, they lose their lpower over you. Then you are able to rise above them even if they still persist to hang around. God has empowered us to be able to do this through Christ Jesus.
God Bless YOU! Vic.

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1935MARY 11/17/2012 7:46AM

    May God be with you and Bless you.

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JODROX 11/17/2012 7:42AM

    So sorry you're going through a rough patch! I'm glad you are taking care of yourself. You're so right -- it's hard to face life's challenges when you feel like crap. Hang in there. I hope things go better for you!
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