24th February, 2014
There are some days that you really have no option but to take care of yourself. There are days that you can push through the pain and stretch yourself until you reach new and dizzying heights. Then there are days that you need to walk away, nurture your team of thousands of tiny cells and live to fight another day.
Here’s my top 9 TLC favourites!
- Go to bed. No-one really cares if it’s 2 in the afternoon. Put yourself to bed!
- Wear something comfortable, like your favourite pyjamas or sweat pants, or boxers and a singlet; something that you feel great in!
- Before you jump in between the sheets, make sure they are fresh, and that you have plenty of pillows and your favourite blanket or throw to keep you warm and comforted. Maybe a fragrant heat pack will feel calming? The idea is to surround yourself with things that make you feel safe and cared for – even if you are caring for yourself.
- Take a pot of herbal tea with you. Make sure that you set up a tea tray that makes you feel cared for. Include some fresh honey, a lovely mug or tea cup and saucer, some napkins and cover your tea pot to keep your tea warm. Or perhaps some hot chocolate is more your style?
- Take some extra yummy supplies. This may be some chocolate, some pastries like an almond croissant, or some fresh fruit salad; whatever floats your boat!
- Bring along an easy read. This isn’t the time to wade through your text book or read the latest award winning piece of literature. You want to read something gentle and preferable sweet. Extremely sweet. And uplifting. And something with a bit of sunshine and hope. Get the picture?
- Dock your ipod and play some good music, or a listen to an inspirational author. Now isn’t the time to play the latest NIN CD, but if you have something uplifting, or soothing then play away.
- Watch your favourite comedy, a romantic flick or a kids film. Anything that might give you a giggle, or reinstate your faith in humanity again.
- Sleep! Close the blinds, shut the curtains and give yourself permission to take a nap! It will give your brain and your body a chance to recuperate.
“By loving you more, you love the person you are caring for more. ”
― Peggi Speers, The Inspired Caregiver: Finding Joy While Caring for Those You Love