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Be Kind to Yourself

In this crazy busy world, it's a rat race for many people. For women, and mothers, in particular, it can be overwhelming. And all the mothers out there know exactly what I mean. Many of us give so much of ourselves, and spead ourselves very thin during any given day. But how many of us take the time to take care of ourselves?

Somehow we think that, by spending time, effort or money on ourselves, we are being selfish. After all, the family needs you......homework needs to get done, clothes need to be washed, you need to shop for groceries and get dinner on the table. And then there are the many small things that need your attention in between.How dare we sit and read a book right after dinner before the dishes have been washed and put away? What got over us when we decided to lace up our running shoes and go for a run instead of doing the yard work or cording some wood?

But it is way more than the pleasure of reading a good book, or the joy of running 5k and feeling the sense of freedom and peace on the road. Many of us do our best thinking while we are pounding the pavement! This time taken for yourself is way more important than you think. It's the recharging the batteries time.........the mental sanity break; the sometimes solitary moments that you take yourself aside and tell yourself how important you are.

And you are important. There may be people in your life that will critisize you. They will not understand why you are doing this. Perhaps your're one of the many that have been putting others; in fact everyone, ahead of you for your whole life. But the many experts over the years can't be wrong. If we don't take time for overselves, then we will never be truly there for anyone else.

Taking care of yourself can come in many ways. For some, it's the treat of a really good haircut, or a trip to the spa. For others, it's a quiet moment of meditation or reading a good novel. Sometimes it's as quick as a ten minute time out to talk to a good friend. For all, it should be feeling as good and as healthy as can be. Being kind to yourself is not only important for you, but for all those who depend on you. It also presents you the opportunity to be a really good example for those around you; especially your children.

So make those doctor appointments you may have been putting off, say no on occasion when your busy life will not permit one more activity........lace up those shoes and get on the road. You are worth it!

And to all those critics out there.....you're just jealous!


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