Self Aware Means Self Care

Last week I was in a mental vortex, tizzy, or something. I’m so glad I was aware that something was amiss, and that the only person who could do anything about it was ME.

So, what kind of self care can I do? Can you do it, too?

Exercise

This guy could use some yoga!

I realized yesterday that I hadn’t done any yoga in over two weeks, maybe three. Between work getting hectic and taking a week off, I was feeling sluggish and stiff.

I’ve gone to the class at work twice this week, and I can really tell it, both physically and mentally. I’m a lot more centered and my muscles feel well used, but good.

Eating Well

I realized I was also eating strangely, like whatever I saw, I’d eat. Bread, cake, goldfish crackers, restaurant meals, yep. Now, since my shape has changed significantly since menopause (2 years), that’s not smart. I need to put good nutrients in me!

Since Sunday I’m back to more reasonable habits. Martha cooked a nice dinner Sunday, last night Anita and I cooked bison tamales, whole grains, and vegetables, and tonight it’s a Mexican bean soup. My gut thanks me.

Looking to Role Models

Right. Part of my self care is appreciating how others thrive when well cared for. Look at these plants! They were withering away at my Austin office, but when I brought them home, POW! The snake plant has grown a foot, and had many babies, while the philodendron I didn’t even know was in there has taken off, grown huge leaves, and climbed the wall! That’s thriving.

These few little things have given me energy to finish a lot of tasks, deal with work challenges, handle family sadness, and get back to being a good listener rather than curling up into a ball when people started talking.

What self care are you aware that you do?

Author: Sue Ann (Suna) Kendall

The person behind The Hermits' Rest blog and many others. I'm a certified Texas Master Naturalist and love the nature of Milam County. I manage technical writers in Austin, help with Hearts Homes and Hands, a personal assistance service, in Cameron, and serve on three nonprofit boards. You may know me from La Leche League, knitting, iNaturalist, or Facebook. I'm interested in ALL of you!

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