By Susan G. Haws
Do something just for yourself today. Something that will make you feel rejuvenated. This may sound like heresy but look for a guilty pleasure and give in to temptation. Most of the people I know have a lot of demands on their time and their spirit: responsibilities with work, church, or community and nurturing roles with children, grandchildren, aging parents, or siblings; all needing help. After a while our reserves are scraping bottom and the need appears bottomless; like holding an empty water pitcher at a Fourth of July party. If you don’t refill you have nothing to give.
The airlines have it right. In their preflight safety spiel they always say that in case of an emergency put the oxygen mask on yourself first and then on those needing assistance. If you don’t take care of yourself you can’t serve your loved ones. So, even though the schedule is tight take at least five minutes or an hour to refresh. Go for a walk, meditate, read, write, eat an ice cream, listen to music, browse the internet… the list is endless. Most women are selfless and need to be reminded to take time to take care of themselves. Get going, and don’t come back till you are full of good things to share.