I can get really shortsighted when it comes to my own health. I’ll admit that. If you’ve ever heard the expression Healer, Heal Thyself, I can tell you that most of us health care practitioners are pretty bad at healing ourselves. I am no exception. I’m really good at guiding people towards the products and people they need to get well and to get on the path to optimal health, but for myself? Yeah, not so good. And I’ve learned that the hard way.
This is not to say I haven’t tried many times to go it alone, but it has never served me. What I’ve found is that I do much better and am able to accomplish my goals when I have another expert guiding me. I’m also better able to stick to the plan when I have a group where we can cheer each other on and support each other. We are, after all, human beings who thrive on connection with one another.
I’ve noticed over the years that there are lots of similarities between moms and nurses.
Both are caring and nurturing. Both rely on a gentle touch to bring warmth and comfort. Both want to minimize suffering, whether from a skinned knee, school bully, cancer, or complicated surgery.
There is one similarity between moms and nurses that I want to address today, because I’d like to see it change. It doesn’t serve any of us.
2018 was a roller coaster for so many people — a wild year of intense lows and challenges mixed with intense highs and blessings. I know I’m not the only person who heaved a sigh of relief on January 1, happy to have survived another year on this journey called life and being so much better for it.
It might only be March, but so far 2017 has been a doozy.
Now more than ever, self-care is critical for our health and well-being.
You may have noticed that I have been very quiet over the last few months, not having published any blogs or newsletters or recording any podcasts. This is because in all the chaos, I had to create space for self-care. I knew I was only going to make things worse for myself if I was sick, stressed out, and exhausted.
Here are the eight steps I’ve taken this winter to take care of myself, to put on my proverbial oxygen mask. I hope that they serve as a springboard of inspiration for you so that you can take a few steps towards creating sanity in your own chaotic world.
Let’s get a little woo woo for a minute, shall we?
I have a ridiculous amount of tools and knowledge in my healing box.
There is one tool I have that surpasses the others.
Of all the tools in my healing box, the most important, the most powerful, is love.
Today, I’m going to give you some strategies to overcome the #1 obstacle that people face in getting healthy: TIME.
Time is the #1 obstacle.
“I don’t have time to exercise.”
“I don’t have time to get enough sleep.”
“I don’t have time to go grocery shopping for healthy food.”
“I don’t have time to cook healthy food.”
You get the idea.
I’m going to let you in on a little secret, a secret that truly changed my life. It’s a paradox, but once you understand it, you’ll realize that this dastardly obstacle called not-enough-time is really a myth.
How many people do you know who suppress their need to rejuvenate, who pick themselves up in the morning with their Starbucks grande and numb themselves in the evening with wine, beer, or whiskey? How many nurses and doctors do you know who are hooked on coffee, junk food, and Diet Coke to get through their long shifts? As a patient, how does it make you feel when you meet your doctor/nurse/practitioner for the first time, and they’re 50 pounds overweight, with big, dark circles under their eyes, and they too tired to greet you with a smile?
Last Tuesday morning started off as what many might call, “a bad day.”
I won’t go into the gory details, but by lunch, I was home from the office and running myself a hot bath full of essential oils to lift my spirits.
Within 30 seconds of soaking and deep breathing, a new day dawned.