Thursday, January 9, 2014

It makes sense.

Yesterday I walked into a department store to replace make-up that had been used up. I glanced in the mirror on the counter and saw dark areas under my eyes. The lady helping me told me my make-up had run under my eyes. What? Why? How? She explained that if I use an eye cream in the mornings, I need to take time and let it dry before putting on my make-up, or it would inch down.

My initial reaction was, Yeah, right. As a mom, I don't have a lot of time these days to let my make-up dry. I'm lucky to get a shower and even put make-up on before making breakfast and fixing lunches, finding shoes and tying them and herding my littles to the car so they aren't late for school! I'm busy taking care of my family. All of that inner dialogue from someone telling me to take care of myself!

But, it makes sense. The need to take time. The need to take time to take care of ourselves.

When I think about how I take care of myself, I find myself thinking about how I increased my emotional-health with the piece of chocolate I just ate. Instead, I'd like to make a list of things that I can do to help more than my "emotional" health. Say, drinking more water each day, going for a run, or hey, even a walk? Preparing fruit for myself, in addition to my children or washing my face at night would also be on my list. But my biggest challenge would be to go to bed earlier. It's a Struggle with a capital S for me.

I didn't make any resolutions for the New Year. I chose a word for the year, brave. I think I'll be brave now and maybe even bold to say I need to focus a little more on my physical health. It's really easy for me to find excuses to not do any of the things I mentioned. Sometimes it feels selfish to think about taking care of ourselves. We have others to think about and take care of. But if we aren't taking care of ourselves, we are taking care of the bodies the Lord gave us.

So, I'm putting it out there. I'm making my list. I mean, I didn't say I'd run a half-marathon. How hard can this be?

Anybody making a list with me? Would you be brave and share it?

1 comment :

Simply LKJ said...

It is hard as a mom to put ourself first. Mine are both gone 90% of the year and I STILL have a hard time doing so. I chose the word be "still" this year, so I would take time out...for many things, including putting myself first.


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