Self-Care is Not Selfish

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General Musings

Confession: I’m generally terrible about self-care. I push myself too far, don’t take breaks, over-commit, and get incredibly stressed out. I become unable to enjoy quiet, simple, moments of relaxation.

Today was one of those days, at least partly.

We woke up at 5:10 am to a phone call from the school district that there was a two-hour delay due to icy road conditions. I couldn’t fall back to sleep, and around 6:45 was apologizing to Dude for being so restless and angsty. I stayed in bed after he got up to make breakfast for the kids and get them off, and then dragged myself up to face the world.

I felt like crap. My stomach was not happy. I was exhausted.

But I had to go to work.

So I had a cup of coffee and a shower, got my stuff together and off I went.

I managed ok, but I still felt yucky most of the day, sluggish and run-down and just “off.” My boss invited me to leave whenever I needed to, so I actually took her up on her offer and left when she did, about an hour earlier than usual.

I didn’t exactly come home and rest. I took a couple hours to just chill, had dinner, and then have been stuffing envelopes ever since.

It needs to get done.

Sigh.

I fear that will be my refrain until Epiphany, when things (maybe) slow down again.

I need to remember that it benefits no one when I don’t take care of myself, that an extra hour of rest will do wonders for that productivity I chase.

Self-care is not selfish, it’s necessary.

Ok, back to envelope-stuffing I go.

But I’m totally taking a break when Dude’s apple crisp comes out of the oven.

The Author

I'm a pastor. I believe in radical love and ridiculous grace. I love to sing and sew, and have a shop on Etsy. I'm trying to make my ecological footprint smaller. I have chickens who provide endless entertainment. Oh, and I'm a formerly single mom by choice, son E (born 6/00, placed 11/23/11, adoption finalized 11/21/14) and now making a life with The Dude and his two kids, Girl-E (12/02) and C (9/04). Baby Bumpy due to arrive around 5/25/15! This blog chronicles my thoughts on faith, family, and the wild adventure we call Life!

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