Recently, I was watching an episode of “Property Brothers” on HGTV which happens to be one of my favorite shows. It is amazing to see the twin brothers, Jonathan and Drew Scott, restore and transform older homes into someone’s dream home. As I was watching, I began contemplating on how we as individuals also need restoration (it might seem like a weird analogy, but that is how I think!). Often times, we continuously pour into others (i.e., providing emotional support, sound advice, financial support, etc.), while at the same time, there is no one to reciprocate which results in us becoming physically run-down, emotionally overwhelmed, and spiritually bankrupt.
For the past several months, I had been extremely busy at work, involved in church activities, moving, and getting my new home in order. To put it mildly, I was overwhelmed with a capital O. Have you ever had the feeling you did not have anything else to give? Well, that was me. I love to serve others and I am a giver of my time; however, I have learned a valuable lesson–to pull back and restore myself by practicing self-care.
In an article titled, “Self-Care: 12 Ways to Take Better Care of Yourself,” Tchiki Davis, Ph.D., provides the following strategies to implement self-care:
- Make sleep part of your routine. Sleep can have a huge effect on how you feel both emotionally and physically. Not getting enough can cause health issues.
- Take care of your gut. The types of foods you eat crucially impact the bacteria that live in your stomach resulting in negative or positive effects.
- Exercise daily. In addition to losing weight, exercise can boost your mood and reduce stress and anxiety.
- Eat right. Eating right can ward off weight gain or diseases and keep your mind working and alert.
- Say no to others; say yes to self-care. Once you learn to politely say no, you will begin to feel more empowered, and you will also have more time for self-care.
- Take a self-care trip. Getting away for a weekend every now and then can help you disconnect, relax, and be rejuvenated.
- Get outside. Spending time outside can help you reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and be more mindful.
- Let a pet help you. From giving unconditional love to providing companionship, pets can be beneficial for self-care.
- Get organized. Getting organized is often the first step to becoming a healthier you, because it allows you to figure out exactly what you need to do to take better care of yourself.
- Cook at home. At least once a week, consider making a healthy meal for yourself or your entire family.
- Read a book. Instead of scrolling your phone, read a book on self-care. It could improve your mood and also help you to stay more present and mindful.
- Schedule your self-care time and guard it with everything you have. It is extremely important to plan regular self-care time. Moments alone can help you to ponder the best way to move forward in your life and keep you grounded.
I would like to add one more strategy to Tchiki’s list:
Do not allow anyone to steal your peace. If someone displays negative energy, remove yourself from the situation. This includes your adult children, family, friends or whomever. In her book, “In Pursuit of Peace,” Joyce Meyer states, “One cannot enjoy life without first having peace. Without it, we live in turmoil–always worried, anxious, and upset about something.”
With being so busy, I had contemplated ending my blog, but every time the thought surfaced, a reader would leave a comment expressing how my blog continues to encourage them. I believe this was God’s way of letting me know quitting was not the solution. Please know, your comments minister to me just as my blog minsters to you. I appreciate your encouragement–it gives me the fortitude to continue doing what I believe God has called me to do.
This past week, I finally felt like I could breathe again. I now know the solution was not to end my blog–it was to restore myself and practice self-care. How many times have individual’s aborted their calling because they did not take the time to restore their mind, body, and soul?
On Sunday, after church, I went to my Zumba class, cooked dinner, and spent the remainder of the day watching Hallmark movies. I did not engage my brain in anything mentally exhausting–I actually took the time to be with me. We can all be in the business of restoration just like the Property Brothers; however, we should be restoring our temples which houses our mental, physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. Let’s all practice self-care to avoid being run-down–let this be a season of peace and restoration.
Please watch the following message from my friend, Pamela Losada, a Health and Emotional Wellness Coach:
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