It seemed appropriate to share this blog entry by Maureen McDonnell at Saving our Kids Healing Our Planet on taking care of ourselves, the Moms. KS
What About Mom?
In addition to taking care of everyone else, busy moms need to take care of themselves too!
I grew up in an Irish-Catholic family where little self -indulgences like getting a massage, taking a hot bath with candles or even going on a solitary walk to calm the mind were unheard of. Subsequently, it was instilled in me from a young age that serving others without focusing on my own needs was part and parcel to my role as a woman..
I went on to become a nurse, and then a mother remaining relatively oblivious to that all important inner voice that whispers (or sometimes shouts) for us to slow down , relax and pay attention to our body’s needs.
All that changed after my first marriage ended and I became a single mother of two. A very sensitive counselor and a few years of therapy helped me develop an understanding that carving out time to take care of me was not selfish. I realized (in my mid-thirties) that if I was going to stay sane, be physically healthy and be the kind of mom and person I wanted to be, self-care wasn’t an option, it was an imperative!
I was prompted to write this article because lately I’ve been receiving disturbing news of a number of young moms who have developed illnesses including cancer. I know how busy life can get and how easy it is to put your needs including your health on the back burner. I also know that illness is not always preventable and that in this fast paced society there are few support systems set up just for mom. Yet, by taking a few minutes here and there, (in the midst of juggling the million-and-one tasks of caring for your family), you can make a little time for you and that can make a huge difference in your overall health and happiness!
Read the full post at Saving our Kids Healing Our Planet.
Author: Maureen H. McDonnell, RN
I am a registered nurse with a strong interest in helping to reverse the escalating number of children affected by chronic illnesses. After coordinating the Defeat Autism Now! Conferences for 10 years, I joined forces with Jill Urwick to form Saving Our Kids, Healing Our Planet. This website and our conferences focus on the role nutrition and toxins in the environment are playing in Autism, ADHD, childhood cancers, etc. More importantly, our goal is to offer solution-based information that is both practical, affordable.