Saturday, August 2, 2014

Take care of yourself

"Take care of yourself." As caregivers we hear this ALL the time. It is easier to say than to do though. Most of the time we are busy with something. There is always wash, dishes, cooking and general house keeping. There are events and parties that we are either planning or planning to go to. If you have a special needs kid, there is always doctor appointment, therapy and some goal you are trying to help your child achieve. If you have a child without special needs they are into something too. Whether it be learning to walk because they are little or running of to a practice because they are older, we are busy taking care of all of it. Then there is other little thing called a job! For some it is working from home and for others it is going somewhere else. For some of us caregivers we also have a spouse or friends and extended family that wants to see us too. We are always busy with something.

What do you spend your time on? Do you feel like you are just running around like a chicken with your head cut off, not getting anywhere and not taking care of yourself? Most of the time that is exactly what I am doing...until recently.

After have 2 kids pretty close together, and not giving my body enough time to really recover in between, I have gained some weight. I was always saying "someday", "tomorrow", and "after this". I was making excuses like "it's too hard", and "I don't have time". Then I looked at pictures of myself. Sure I love my personality and the person that I have become. I love being a mom and the fulfillment that it brings me, but my body....that's a different story.

I don't hate what I see but I am definitely not loving what I see either. So I have decided to FINALLY "take care of myself"! I need to. To feel better about myself, to keep up with my kids, and to be around for them as long as possible. It is time. I have to make time. I realized that it really is easier then I like to think it is. I have a smart phone. They come with hundreds of apps to help you. Some will keep track of calories. Some have avatars as coaches that walk you through each exercise and keep count of reps and time. There are so many it can be overwhelming but if I find one I don't like I can uninstall it. This is what has been working for me so far. I chose ones that are 5, 10, or 15 minutes and I try to work them into my day. I can do 5 minutes at some point.

I hope you are spending your time on the right things, because time is all we have. I hope you can find 5 minutes in your day to take care of yourself, whatever that means for you. Because we, as caregivers, need to. If we are not here then who else will be?

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