Take Care of Yourself

Thought for the day:

When was the last time you did something nice for yourself? If you are like me, you are so busy taking care of your home and everyone in it, that you are the last person to get some much-needed self care.

Self Care. Who Needs It?

You do!

Self care is necessary when you recognize the need for some time and space by yourself to decompress. Once you recognize the need, then you have to make it a priority. You need to temporarily step back and step away from your responsibilities and distractions — yes, even your phone!

It’s not necessarily a vacation, although that would be nice. It’s really just a “breather”. This can be as simple as a walk around the block, a long, hot bath, or sitting outside with a favorite book. The key is to be by yourself. It’s also a great time to have a conversation with God, read a devotion, or journal a prayer. Share your worries with Him because no one cares for you more than He does!

And as crazy as it sounds, you may need to schedule time on your calendar for this respite each week. Treat it like an appointment.

My breather today was a brief walk around the yard. My husband is the gardener in the family, and he loves trying new crops each year. I appreciate his gift for gardening,  because if left to me, we would have nothing growing but weeds!

We’re already enjoying fresh garden tomatoes in our salads, as well as Romaine lettuce, fennel, and basil too!

I’ve been watching the Delicata squash . . . one of my favorites. We have a few on the vine, and they are coming along nicely. You can see one hidden in the leaves below. It will be a while until harvest, but it’s SO worth the wait!

Now that summer is officially here, how will you enjoy some self care time? Do you have a favorite way to decompress?

However you decide spend that precious free time, make it a priority each week. Take care of yourself!

Trust the Plan

“What’s your plan for today?”

That is a common question in our home on Saturday mornings. My husband knows my whereabouts Monday through Friday, but Saturdays are often unscheduled. I usually wake up late (meaning after 7:00 a.m.), enjoy my morning coffee, catch up on reading, and generally — just slow down.

Tick Tock

Do you live by a schedule? Is your day planned right down to the moment your head hits the pillow? If you answered yes, you are in good company.

Most of us are driven by the calendar and the clock. We’re constantly rushing from one appointment to the next. Always planning. Always filling every spare moment of the day with activity. And if we’re sitting still, we panic that we must have missed something.

We definitely are missing something. We have lost our way in the storm.

Keep Calm and . . .

We’ve all been hearing a lot about mindfulness lately. Merriam-Webster.com defines mindfulness as:

the practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis

Maybe you’ve seen a commercial for one of the hottest new apps called “Calm”. It’s promoted as the perfect mindfulness app for beginners, and is the listed as the #1 app for sleep, meditation and relaxation. Millions of people use it to help lower their stress and anxiety levels.

When you have to Google the definition (as I did), you are probably a mindfulness beginner. Or you have embraced other ways to cope with stress. To be honest, there are days when I’d rather be any place other than sitting at my desk, staring at a computer screen. And on such days, I would definitely enjoy listening to a rainforest waterfall, or the soothing sound of ocean waves while I work.

But there is calm in silence too. When I need to breathe, I will often open my Bible, read a devotion, or spend a few quiet moments in the empty church sanctuary.

“The work of righteousness will be peace, And the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever. My people will dwell in a peaceful habitation, In secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places,”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭32:17-18‬ ‭

Peace is found in the presence of Jesus, the One who walked on water and literally calmed the raging sea. His words, “Peace, be still!” have the power to calm life’s storms today, even as they did 2000 years ago.

Best of all, no download is needed. 🙂