Taking Care of Self

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Good Afternoon Spark Friends!
I'm finally feeling almost 100% after feeling so bad last week with a respiratory bug and being on my first week of Metformin. This got me to thinking about how I've been really focused on "Taking Care of Self" over the last 6 weeks or so. In fact last year my word for the year was "Self-Care". I'm in Al-Anon and just like most people who come into Al-Anon; I was very good at taking care of other people. My focus was always on other people and rarely on myself.

On the other hand I would have told you that one of the blessings from coming from a childhood in which no one took care of me was that I learned how to take care of myself. It’s only been in the last 10 years or so that I realized this wasn’t true either. I didn’t have nurturing parents to teach me how to take care of myself in a healthy way. Therefore, since I was so hungry as a kid; I ate whatever I wanted as an adult. Since I was so poor as a child; I spent irresponsibly and ran credit cards up. Since I had to work from before sun up until bed time; I have a tendency to want to play all the time when I get home. You get the idea. I didn’t learn balance.

Thankfully, I realized about 10 years ago that I was abusing credit cards and my hubby and I stopped using them unless it was a true emergency. We paid them off and I no longer compulsively shop irresponsibly. We made a budget and we save money in a savings account. I still struggle with the food at times but I’m much better at not playing all the time when I come home. It always amazes me when I hear someone share that they have trouble allowing themselves to take a nap or spend time just doing nothing as a way of taking care of them selves because I am really good at sitting still and just "being".

I am learning how to face my fears. My world is limited in direct proportion to my willingness to face my fears. I used to be so afraid to speak up for myself because I was worried the person wouldn't like me if I spoke up. Speaking up for myself and letting someone know I will not be disrespected is a way of taking care of myself though. Being willing to tell someone no instead of yes all the time is a way in which I take care of myself. Setting time aside each day to pray and meditate is important for my spiritual growth. Taking my Metformin, exercising and eating in moderation is a way I take care of myself today. Surrounding myself with people who love and support me as well as giving the same back to others is a way I take care of myself.

I've just had my favorite lunch....Weight Watcher's Pot Roast dinner and a Cherry Mixed Fruit up in it's own juice. I also enjoyed a cup of hot decaf tea with chia seeds and a nice glass of water. All of that and only 2 carb choices. Well, lunch time is over and it's time to get back to work. Play time will come later.
emoticon I hope all of you are having a wonderful afternoon! Linda
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    Linda, what an amazing story! You have come so far and now you are equipped with the knowledge and tools that you need to succeed!


    1843 days ago
    Thanks so much for sharing your story. You have a wonderful afternoon too! emoticon
    1843 days ago
  • LE7_1234
    Very cool!

    Glad you learned so much about taking care of yourself. And thanks for sharing it with us!
    1843 days ago
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