I find that folks often ignore their needs, give to others, depleting themselves in the process while losing the awareness of how to take care of themselves.
I have been paying particular attention to my spirit and my body to determine types of energy with the effort to increase positive flow in my life.
Here are a couple of things that have surfaced for me, please feel free to add to the list as you ponder with me.
1. In general, I feel good when I am watching movies or reading fiction. It takes the focus off of my life and story and I can think about other people or other stories.
2. Take a vitamin. Each time I take a vitamin I have a silent affirmation
that I am doing something good for me.
3. Cook a home cooked meal, without rush. Putz in the kitchen.
4. Take a nap. The best days for me include a nap. I feel a little selfish like I know I could be doing several other things-- but that makes it even more delicious.
5. Play a game or go somewhere special with the kids (zoo, Franklin Park
Conservatory, road trip). Whenever I do one of these things, I feel like
I am a good mother.
I remember taking the kids to Niagara Falls and we were on a bus heading to some site and tears came to my eyes. After reflecting, I realized that I felt good about the experiences we were having and hoped the kids would remember special times together. This happens when we go really special places or even when we are close to home. Anyway, feeling like a good mom really helps me feel good overall. I think we as parents always feel like we fall short. Revelling and basking in the goodness is worth doing.
6. Yoga. My body is more achey lately. I did buy a membership to Bally's
and found out the next day that they went belly up (ugh!). So, I am in
search of a reasonable option to get my exercise in. Stretching is much
needed but I really enjoy going to a gym or exercising with others. In the meantime, giving myself a good stretch is a good trick.