I found this in my email from Sparkpeople. Thought of you right away. sam
Taking Care of You
You're a parent, school volunteer, Little League coach, and trusted assistant to your boss. You rose at 6 a.m., made breakfast, packed lunches, cleaned the house, chauffeured the neighborhood kids, helped with homework, read bedtime stories, and finished extra work from the office. It's 11:30. You're exhausted. And, in about six-and-a-half hours you'll begin the whole 24-hour cycle...again.
If you find yourself saying 全top the merry-go-round, I want to get off!' you're not alone. Most of us -- especially women -- have at some time found ourselves at the bottom of the heap when it comes to taking care of our needs.
The problem with that is that if we don't take care of ourselves, sooner or later we won't be of much use to anyone else--or to ourselves. Just as the airline attendant tells you to put on your own oxygen mask in an emergency before helping a child with theirs, you must take care of your own basic needs before you can attend to the needs of others. What's more, being busy is not necessarily the same as being productive with meaningful activity. (Do the workaholics you know really accomplish that much more in proportion to the time they invest?)
If "putting yourself first" (a common admonition) sounds too selfish or too hard, try something simpler: Put yourself on an equal footing with those you love and tend to. Do you insist that they get enough sleep? Start making that a priority for yourself, too. Do you give them time for fun and socializing with friends? Then you do the same! Remember Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs: Human beings must meet their basic needs before they can move on to higher-level goals.
Your life should be like a checking account, balancing out on a regular basis so that you always have assets to draw upon. By making even small deposits -- taking care of yourself with a 10-minute walk or a nutritious meal -- you'll be amazed at the interest you'll reap.
You don't stop laughing. because you grow old, you grow old. because you stop laughing!
Thanks Jeni. It's nice to know that there are people out there that you can lean on. That can make all the difference in the world when things just aren't seeming to be going your way!
Married life can be a challenge in itself and can reap many rewards. Sometimes it's just easier to forget about what's right for you and just develop the "luv chub" while hanging with the hubby. Something I have and as much as hanging is fun, the "luv chub" isn't.
Hello Everyone! Okay, who can resist joining a group that posts pictures from the Notebook! I LOVE that movie. I can even get my hubby to sit down and watch it too. This is a great group, because no one can understand how difficult it can be to keep your spouse happy, your kids happy and still take time for yourself, unless you are in the same situation. I look forward to sharing with everyone and feeling like I'm not alone in some of the daily battles I have to struggle with.
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