"Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. " -Helen Keller

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Taking Care of Yourself

At some level, we all realize how important it is to take care of yourself. We know we should eat a healthy diet, exercise, take care of our house, and take care of our vehicle. Our bodies are healthier if we live in a clean environment and we are safer if our vehicle is in good repair. If you hate dusting as much as I do, don't forget to have someone clean your ductwork every other year. It cuts down on that heinous chore:)

One area that frequently gets neglected is our mental health. Women who are battling infertility can get so focused on IF that mental health breaks fall by the wayside. And, women with children who are trying to be SuperMom also forget to take those much needed breaks to take care of their peace of mind. To all my IF sisters...stop and watch a chick flick with a friend, eat something decadent and maybe not so good for you, do anything except count days and talk meds. If you try to do this once a week or once every other week, it makes the battle against IF so much easier to deal with. And all you SuperMoms out there...don't just shut the bathroom door, lock it too; read a book and let that load of laundry wait; leave the kids with your hubby or a friend and escape for a little while. You need your me time too (and CHRISTA...this means you!).

What are your favorite mental health breaks? Do you have any tricks or tips to help take care of the house or the car? Share them with us please!

8 comments:

wiccanstitcher said...

I totally agree and have discovered that taking for yourself is ok and important for the sanity. I like to go to bed just a few minutes earlier, shut the door and read the book of the moment.

Sheliza said...

I have to take mental health breaks a few times per day to stay sane and to recharge. This may be either sitting and watching something I like on TV or laying on the layzboy for about 10 minutes with no sound. If you look at the latest post on my blog, you will see how important feeling the tiniest bit of sanity is to me! I am enjoying reading your posts Kristin! I found you from Tanyetta in case you were wondering :)

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Lee said...

A timely reminder!

As Sydney J. Harris put it: "The time to relax is when you don't have time for it."

http://leesvoice.blogspot.com/2009/01/relax.html

Another Dreamer said...

Ahhh, excellent advice. I wish I was wise enough to take it more often!

My favorite thing to do happens in the summer, going to the park centers.

In the winter... going to the movies every now and then. If there's something good on. Or just curling up with a good book :) If I have a moment.

Bean said...

great minds think alike...

http://coyotecraft.blogspot.com/2008/11/throw-some-water-in.html

hehe

Princess Jo said...

Just staying in bed all day...watching bad tv and reading books.

Hmmm...

Jo

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