It has been nearly three months since the last time I posted on my blog. I apologize to those of you who missed my weekly posts, but I promise – I’m still here. I was just doing A LOT. I worked a full-time job, a part-time job, and hit the ground running on opening my own private practice. All the while, I tried maintaining a relationship with my amazing girlfriend (I know she is going to read this. 😉
By the time I got home each day, I wanted to pass out. When I had free time, I did not want to do anything. Self-care became difficult to manage. I fell into some old patterns at least with putting my basic self-care to the side. I ate like crap, my blog became an afterthought, and I pushed my body to its limit.
That’s not to say that I totally neglected my self-care routine, but I certainly fell off a bit. I asked for help when I needed it and knew I was incapable of a task. I rested when I could because my body yelled at me. I took time to go fishing, spend time with my girlfriend and her kids, and built in time to nap or rest throughout the day.
Well now that things have settled down a bit, it is time to get back on track. You really underestimate the power of those little things until you stop doing them. You see the impact they have in keeping you on track. You realize that self-care is more than a periodic privilege. Quite the contrary, it is a daily necessity.
-The Caring Counselor