As women, and before I finished that thought I decided “and men” we do spend our time doing more for others than we do ourselves. I frankly had the thought in my mind that as women we work for our kids, our families, and sometimes have to fight for a moment to splurge or relax. You know that is the normal thought about women, selfless and nurturing but I have three sons, and my three sons have that quality as well. They work hard for their wives and their kids. I know I could have restarted the sentence and said, As adults, but I want to leave the fact in there that I opened my eyes to this. So I suppose it depends on the person, not being a woman or a man, just as a person I feel I have to fight lately for a “me” moment.
My first action every day is to get up, start my coffee, check on my parents who live 300 feet from me, then I do my readings, then see if my parents need to go to town, feed my animals, so on and so on. My father is having medical problems so I have spent the past couple of months at the Dr office several times a week so that has left little time for the things that I love to do. Things I wanted to share on this blog. Recipes from my homemade loaves of bread and jams, sewing projects, meditations, earthing, plants, herbs. Yet, it will have to wait until all is better with my parents and I have more free time.
So when times are tough and time is short I still try to do a few extra things to make myself happy. I know it’s not all about me, but being the caretaker for my parents who are in their 80’s and being the only one who can help them financially, I have to keep a good energy about me because I deal with the general public on a daily basis. It’s important for me to be open and on point in my occupation. No one wants a tarot reading from a grouchy hag lol. So here are a few things I do to just make myself feel special when no one else does.
- Stretch, taking time to stretch my muscles is a good way to feel a little looser and frankly a little more fit. It keeps fatigue away and for me, it opens my mind. Just five minutes a day, when things are runny quickly, makes me feel like I have spent some time on one of my walks.
- Quick Connect: Just a small facebook message to connect with someone you love makes me feel grounded and involved. My kids all live hours away from me and it only takes a moment of seeing one of my grandkids faces to put me in seventh heaven.
- Sing: Yep, sing, belt out a quick toon as loud as I possibly can and it revs up my energy and puts a smile on my face.
- Say Thank You: No matter how small the deed I always say thank you. It’s a good habit to get into and in today’s world with everyone in a hurry and frankly rude, it puts a smile on the face of the one who has just checked you into the dr or bagged your groceries.
- Smell the roses: Yes, take time to smell the roses, if no roses are around then smell something pretty. Perfume on your pillow, downy my sheets.
There are so many other little things you can do if you’re in a hurry, but no matter what it is please take the time out for you. Especially if you are working with the public, you want to be the best you that you can be.