Self Care is a beautiful thing that saved my life.
"Always fill your cup first, and allow the world to benefit from your overflow." -author unknown
Life Before Self Care
There was a long season in my life when I didn't know what SELF CARE was or how to recognize it. I had never been exposed to it. I knew how to take excellent care of those around me that I loved, but was clueless on how to show myself that same kind of love.
I became very honest with myself during my 6th (out of 7) pregnancy. I lost the ability to walk for a few days. My lower back slipped into the wrong place and I was 8 months pregnant and in a terrible amount of pain, with 5 other little people to care for.
I literally could not get up to go to the bathroom. I laid in bed and would let out a scream each time I accidentally made ANY type of movement. While I lay there I asked myself, "How did I get here?' I started thinking of all the days I skipped meals because I forgot to eat, skipped stretching when the doctor told me to pay attention to it because I had people to cook for, and stayed up late and got up early because I had a house to clean. I thought of all the times I put MYSELF on the back burner and I was reaping that now.
My physical body wasn't the only part of me asking for help. Emotionally and Mentally I was burned out. I was living in a state of depression that had become my norm and I wanted out.
That year I made a DECISION that this will never happen to me again. I will learn what people mean when they say, " Take care of yourself." And that is exactly what I did. I took a full year to devour what self care is and implemented new strategies each month. I then became a Certified Life Coach and learned how I could share my experience and help others see the value in caring for themselves.