Are you good at taking care of yourself? We know it is essential and yet it seems to be the thing we push aside more often than we care to admit. This week was one of those weeks, and I had a BIG fail at self-care. Hopefully, you won’t make the same mistake.
Last week I took a short blogging break to spend time doing what I love – skiing. It was glorious. By far it is my #1 self-care activity. I find it clears my mind.
What is your favorite self-care activity?
However, after a week of bliss taking in the beauty, it all turned BAD.
Upon arriving home late Saturday night, I hit the fast forward button, and it must have become stuck. I jumped right in with meetings, serving, writing, and a presentation. Yes, in my stupidity I planned it this way.
My First Mistake
Keep in mind, skiing refreshes my mind but not my body. I was physically exhausted. Usually, I try to honor the Sabbath, but this week I rationalized why I didn’t need to. This was my first mistake.
So when we wrapped it all up on Sunday night, I quickly pulled my contacts out, put them in the solution, and fell into bed.
Monday and Tuesday were no different except I was so busy I never bothered to put my contacts back in.
Do you ever feel like you are running at full speed with no time to spare?
It isn’t really a pretty sight, is it? I had clothes strewn from one end of my house to the other. Dirty clothes, clean clothes, packed clothes, and presentation outfits draped all over the room.
The Pride of Doing It All
But it looked like I was going to pull it all off and even on time. I was kind of proud of myself. Somehow I had managed my to-do list and would be able to deliver everything I had promised, even on time.
As I headed for the door, I ran back to pop in my contacts. I figured it would be helpful for me to be able to see my audience.
I reached down and quickly grabbed the left one and put in in my eye. BUT what came next was not what I expected. I screamed out in excruciating pain. Tears immediately streamed down my face as I pulled at the contact to get it out. I quickly began rinsing it in the shower. My eye was on fire!
Oh, but I didn’t stop there and take good care of myself. Instead, I pushed through it all. After all, the presentation was on something dear to my heart, and I didn’t want to skip the lesson.
My husband took one look at me and knew something was wrong. But of course, I minimized it as I wasn’t quite sure if this called for an ER visit or one of those things you push right through. So I pushed on managing to push aside the pain for the sake of the schedule I needed to follow.
Slumber Did Not Visit
I was up all night in severe pain which gave me plenty of time to investigate the crime and all possible scenarios. Hmm – under the sink, I found the expired solution and right next to it some skin lightening toner. Surely someone must have put the wrong solution in my contact lens case. But who would do such a thing?
As I looked in the mirror, the guilty party stared right back. It was me! But now the accused one looked like the devil herself with a very red eye.
I was embarrassed, how do you explain putting toner in your eye in the first place and then not going right away to get it flushed out? So there I sat in the optometrist chair squirming as she forcefully rinsed out my eye. I’m not sure which was worse swallowing my pride or the pain from chemically burning my eye.
I had been exhausted on Sunday night when I went to bed. A week away can’t do the trick of self-care if we head right back into overload. I was spinning way too many plates all at once.
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Today we have Tiffiney Holmes sharing with us a fabulous post to remind you of 5 Self-Care practices to add balance and vitality to your life. She is a mom of 6 who writes about strong marriages, families, and faith. Be sure to visit her over on Welcome Home Ministry.
If you struggle with doing self-care for yourself, then do it for your family. Tiffiney says it well,
“It’s my reminder for YOU to take some time for yourself. It’s about encouraging you to take time to fill YOUR cup so that you can continue to joyfully pour yourself into your family.” Tiffiney Holmes
After you read her post, I would love to have you hop back over here and share with me which one of the five practices of self-care you have done today. Please don’t be like me and fail at daily self-care.
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