I spent the first half of 2019 feeling delirious because I caught every cold, stomach bug & flu imaginable (toddlers bring home ALL the germs). I also underwent 2 dental surgeries and suffered 2 painful post-surgical infections. However, I learned a lot about self-care from this experience. Primarily how self-care needs shift when your body is ill. Now I understand that when I’m sick, (even w/ a lil cold) that my body needs extra sleep and complete rest from exercise.
Also, ASK FOR HELP-even if your spouse complains, or you need to spend money on childcare or medical treatments. You will heal faster. Is this stating the obvious? Maybe… but since this is all new to me I thought I would share. Shout out to all the mommies who are sick and feel guilty asking for help. I see you.
Meditation and therapy have helped me to focus on what my body CAN do. I celebrate my body for it’s ability to walk, breathe, sleep and provide a home for my baby. Thankfully, I’m starting to feel better and I’m determined that the second half of 2019 is going to be EPIC. I’m SO happy to kick off my summer vacation with family and friends and live.it.up. Life is good Y’all.
I’ve been asked “what’s the point of your blog?” So, I thought my first blog post should respond to this often-asked question. When I hear “self-care” I think of an out-of-touch privileged lady with too much time on her hands. However, that’s not my M.O.
I’m not “normal” (who is right?). I didn’t learn basic self-care skills until I was in my 30s. I spent my youth neglecting my teeth, hair, nails, skin and gut. I wasn’t a total heathen. I brushed my teeth, but the dentist didn’t see me for many moons. My sleep habits were atrocious and I fueled myself with unhealthy foods. I focused all my energy and spirit into academics and then my career. Nothing else mattered.
Hard work does pay off kids! I got everything I wanted in life and I HATED IT ALL. I worked as a lawyer in a swanky Beverly Hills office. Every day I locked the door, hid under my desk and cried. I thought my life was normal because it looked so pretty. Until life turned ugly and my body shut down. I had insomnia, anxiety and crippling chronic back pain which left me bed-ridden. The doctors couldn’t fix me. I was devastated. I decided to fix myself. I quit my fancy job, said goodbye to toxic people and set some boundaries for healthy living. I underwent two years of physical therapy to heal my body. Y’all it was a struggle; but I learned so much about self-care.
Fast forward… 7 years later and my life is so happy. Best of all, I’m a mommy! With all my struggles, I never thought I could be a mom. Having a healthy family is a miracle. I created this blog to share my experiences and the positive impact of self-care strategies.