Normally I would have something zippy planned today, but my heart is heavy and my zip is rather zapped. A family member has been sick for a very long time, and is now in his last illness. We have known for some time that the end would come sooner than later, so it is not a surprise, but it is still a huge hurt. I dearly wish I could make it better.
Since I can’t actually improve things, instead, today I want to focus on taking care of yourself.
I know that, as a wife, mom and daughter, it is very easy for me to put myself last. Everyone else needs so much! But if you keep putting yourself last and not filling your own cup, eventually you have no more left to give. I keep having to learn this lesson over and over and over again, especially when grieving. I like to think I am getting better at remembering this, but in the moment, a refresher always feels good.
Here’s my quick list of the best advice I found on taking care of yourself:
- Mark Sisson of Mark’s Daily Apple on cultivating health, even during a crisis.
- Alison Golden of Paleo Non Paleo guest posted for The Paleo Mom on the art of doing nothing to manage your stress.
- Sarah Ballantyne, The Paleo Mom herself, on the importance of sleep.
- Getting out into nature always helps me feel better. Here’s Mark Sisson again, on walking for health and well-being.
- Jon Kabat-Zinn on mindfulness.
- Chris Kresser talks about the importance of increasing your pleasure in life — and how distraction can occasionally be a good thing.
- Katie the Wellness Mama, interviewed by Sean Croxton of Underground Wellness, on natural remedies for colds and flu. I know I’m especially prone to colds and flu when I’m stressed and not giving myself enough time.
- Don’t forget to laugh. This video of adorable kids trying the tasting menu at Daniel, one of NYC’s most impressive restaurants, cracks me up.
If you’ve found any other great self-care tips, please share in the comments. The more, the better, I say.