Four sick people, added to the regular chaos of life with two working parents, made for a VERY long week. In fact, it was one of the hardest weeks I can remember since becoming a Mom. Dragging myself out of bed night after night to tend to my ailing children took it’s toll on me. Yesterday I told several co-workers that someone should just put me out to pasture…
But the show must go on. There is no rest for the weary, or is there? In my clinical work, I tell the new mothers that I work with that it is important to take care of themselves. Taking a moment to nurture the nurturer is essential. But I forgot to take my own advice. I was just too busy.
So after I gave the kids breakfast, threw in a load of laundry, picked up the house, and met some great people at the Melrose Birth to Five concert, I finally took my own advice. I took a time out to take care of me. And all I could think about was-why did I wait so long? After all, I have a supportive husband who keeps telling me to do something for myself. I can’t come up with a valid reason that I don’t take better care of me.
I treated myself to some pampering at Adela’s Ultimate Spa in Melrose. Flavia and Adela took great care of me. I felt like I was lying on a cloud. I forgot all about my to-do list. And I stopped the constant motion that is my brain in order to just RELAX. IT WAS AMAZING!!! Imagine that, when I take my own advice to take care of the inner being who cares for so many, it actually feels good.
I found serenity today. Will it last? I hope so. But if it doesn’t it’s ok because for a short period of time I got in touch with my inner self. I took care of me so that I don’t burn myself out. And that my friends is very important.
If you are a mother, a father, a grandmother, grandfather, teacher, nurse, doctor, or anyone I may have omitted who cares for others give-yourself a time out. Get to your place of serenity. If it is just for a short moment with a gingerbread latte at Starbucks it’s ok. Do it today and don’t wait, please. You are just too important.