The Art of Balanced Self-Care – by Donna Powell

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”In dealing with those who are undergoing great suffering, if you feel “burnout” setting in, if you feel demoralized and exhausted, it is best, for the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself. The point is to have a long-term perspective.” ~ Dalai Lama

Hi, my name is Donna. And I am my own worst/best enemy. You see I am doing the exact thing that I preach about. Not taking care of your self.

A couple of weeks ago I had a job change. One of the ladies working with us decided to quit.  After a long discussion with my boss, I am presently doing her job on top of mine. My job is enough for one person, and with the extra work load, let’s just say I work from 8 am until 5 pm without a break. There is never a shortage of work, I always have something going, yet: I like the new job. I have new goals and plans… but there is something I am forgetting to do….

I haven’t been taking time for me, and I feel that this needs to stop.

Last night I took a proactive measures:  I took a hot bath, I soaked and I treated myself to a Dead Sea Mineral Mask. I gave myself a mini pedicure. And now I feel better. A bit. But I also thought and considered that I need to do something else.

Today, and the days that will follow, more often than not, when I get home, I am exhausted, thus making it to my usual bed time is a challenge!

WritingI have devised a new plan.

First, I am preparing meals in advance. Last night I made what was tonight’s dinner. Tonight I am making tomorrow’s lunch and dinner. Tomorrow night I will make what will be lunch and dinner for the next day. It’s so much easier to come home, reheat something and enjoy a bit of down time just for me. No more get home, cook and flop into bed.  We all need a life beyond our job, even if our job is our dream job.

This plan, gives me time to enjoy the preparation of a meal. I can learn all sorts of new recipes and take the time I need to prepare them to my liking.. AND!  I don’t have to feel rushed.

Second I am setting Wednesdays aside to give myself that extra TLC.. Lets call it “pampering day”! Ya.. I like that! I can  have my nails done, get a massage, a Reiki session or  anything which will enable me to feel pampered and loved.

Thirdly, I am plotting and planning the finishing touches on my apartment and working on crafts. Taking the time to make lists, sift through home decor magazines, painting, drawing or crafting, really brings me back to me, to what I love, and how I want to spend my time. It gives me a fresh new perspective to start my job the next day and do it well.

And I realized something. I have missed me. I have missed my groove. The Warrior Princess in training has been taught a very valuable lesson.

To take care of me is essential in order for me to be good at my life, at my job, at my relationship. No need to fall down for the love of a job!

Learning to roll with it is key to balance. I now fully understand “Slow your roll.”

How about you? Are you learning balance? Do you find yourself forgetting to be good to yourself? How do you stop and listen to yourself?

“Nourishing yourself in a way that helps you blossom in the direction you want to go is attainable, and you are worth the effort.” ~Deborah Day

DonnapowellDonna’s Twitter bio describes her as: “Southern and loud! She loves her Crimson Tide, Marvel Comics, Thai food, Martinis, old movies and books, LOTS of books”.  Her journey towards empowerment & wellness began a couple of years ago when she stepped off a curb and broke her left ankle, both bones. She became aware, then and there:  her body was telling her something had to change!

Since then, Donna has listened to her true spirit.  When she’s not fabricating gorgeous quilts, spending time with good friends, or writing on her blog, Donna takes the time to make herself a hot cuppa tea and truly listen to her body and its needs.

You can follow Donna’s journey on her blog: Lipstick, Keats, and Tea ~ Because sometimes that’s all a girl needs and on Twitter.

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6 Comments

  1. It’s so easy to let ourselves be the last thing we take care of. I’m glad to see you refocus. We all need this once in a while!

  2. I am happy to hear you are taking care of yourself Donna because it is so very important especially with the busy life you have! I am feeling the need to do some “home decorating” and your tips inspired me! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Reading this is like music to my ears. All I can say is GOOD FOR YOU!! So proud to see you making self care a priority.

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