April 16th: Taking Care of Myself

April 16th- Taking Care of Myself

Yesterday I woke up and felt off.

When I go through difficult times I often put my own emotional and physical needs on the back burner.

And though I had been working over the last month to restore balance to my life… I was still in the emotional trenches.

I realized, as I looked in the mirror, that I hadn’t been taking care of myself and that my mood was suffering due to this fact.

Thankfully, after years of working on this particular character flaw, I took steps immediately to resolve the problem.

I went back to a healthy diet that very morning.

I exercised that afternoon.

I chose to use opposite action when dealing with difficult people or situations and…

I spent the evening seeking spiritual counseling from one of my mentors.

I have learned that it is not enough to just work on one aspect of my life when I have allowed myself to get physically and emotionally worn down.

By taking care of myself, mind and body, I present my best self to the world and find stability once again.

I feel a rise in my self-esteem, a positive change in my attitude, and a better outlook on my life.

“Dear God, help me to put first things first. Help me to keep my emotional and physical house in order so that I can be the best that I can be during trying times.”

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9 thoughts on “April 16th: Taking Care of Myself

  1. This is a good one. So true. I burn out sometimes physically and emotionally. I throw myself into my passions, but neglect myself. I like what you wrote a lot. Thanks, Deedee!

  2. Judy I looked in the mirror and I almost laughed… frumpy clothes… hair pulled back in a bun… I was the perfect example of an unkempt woman! I feel much better today after a bit of TLC and some spiritual conversation. First things first! πŸ™‚ D.

  3. So well said, D… I can get lost in taking care of “stuff” and need to slow down and put the physical house order!☺️

    • I’m always good for awhile… and then I run myself down again! πŸ™‚ Something to keep working on…. so easy to get caught up in the commotion of everyone else! πŸ™‚ D.

  4. I still have these days where I want to curl up and cry. Days where I don’t want to get out of bed and face myself. It is often when I am lost in my head and thoughts that aren’t reality that I get like this. It has been a year and a half and I still mourn my divorce but the tears don’t come as often and I am able to pick myself up quicker and get back on track. Being gentle to myself has always been a struggle.

    • I was the same way… the first year was very difficult… the second a bit better. I used to walk out of my job on my breaks, climb into my car, shut the door and sob for a good 15 to 20 minutes then freshen up and head back in to try to continue my day. I’m glad you can see that you are picking yourself up “quicker” keep being gentle with yourself… it is a timely process and your spouse was ahead of the game with their emotions because they had already decided to go ahead and accept the loss… it takes us a bit longer to get through it. D.

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