Thursday, October 18, 2012

How do you, self care??

With the ever demands of life, self care can be crucial to keeping your mind, body and spirit healthy... Life is about maintaining a balance, which is so hard!!! When you don't take care of yourself, you begin to lead a life of stress, which can cause all sorts of physical and psychological issues.

I am struggling with balancing my life... My new job demands a lot of emotional energy and it has been requiring a lot of mental strength that is wearing on me... My to do list grows each day and I feel so behind! I can't get anything done and the more I don't get done, the more it sits for the next week.. It is very frustrating... As kids act up, I get less done and right when I get to a place of feeling like I have accomplished something, 20 things pile up again!

Work has been a struggle and so has exercise... I was able to get a run in this week and 1 yoga session. I am very happy with my run on Tuesday.. I got a new PR on my first mile! 
I'll take the victories where and when they come! We must celebrate even the small things in life!!!

I was so close to being in the 8 minute mile range! I was so excited, I tried so hard, but couldn't get to the 1 mile marker fast enough!! Maybe next week!!!! This Saturday we are scheduled to run 17 miles! I hope we can do it! This will be my longest run to date!

I am so sick of the rain here! It rains all the time and I hate running inside! No way am I going to run 17 miles on a treadmill. . THE WEATHER BETTER BE GOOD!!!

With this whole idea of self care, I have been spending a lot of time reading and trying to learn how to take care of myself. The more I help others, the more I need to re-charge my own  batteries..

This week I read The Queen of Katwe and even bought a bottle of OPI nail polish, which I would never do because it is so expensive.. First, let me tell you about this book and then show you my new nail polish..

The Queen of Katwe: A Story of Life, Chess, and One Extraordinary Girl's Dream of Becoming a Grandmaster

The Queen of Katwe  is about Phiona Mutesi, a national chess champion at the age of 15. She is from Uganda slum and has lived in a country where hope is hard to find. She has faced things that we here in the United States cannot even fathom. AIDS is a very prevalent her country and often she is the one responsible to provide for her family. Chess has been able to provide her the ability to survive by helping to provide food or keeping a shelter over her families head.

Reading through this book, one gains a greater attitude of gratitude and humility while reading this book. This book really challenges one to look at the finer things in life and not so worry about stuff, but to be thankful for where one is at... Phiona's story is sad, but also brings a light of hope in a dark situation. 

Despite her countries poverty and her in ability to get a education, she starts to learn to play chess by a former refugee, Robert Katende. Chess becomes a way of life for Phiona. She feels empowered by learning about each piece and utilizing precision to move each peace in a way that nothing else does.  She was able to travel to Russia to participate in the Chess Olympiad, which is a very prestigious event in chess. She developed a love and intensity for the game that others do not have. Imagine for the first time sleeping in a bed or utilizing a toilet or eating out a restaurant. The things we take for granted, are the things that Phiona dreams about. These things keep Phiona hopefully and continuing forward in her journey to become a chess master.

This book will bring you on an emotional journey from feeling sorrow for Phionia to feeling empowered that anything is possible. It helps me to see that change can happen and one person can make a difference. 

Despite the difficulties I face with students and families, I can make a difference.. This book has made me believe in the power of one individual.

Reading provides me great self care..

I also mentioned I bought a bottle of OPI nailpolish... I never buy this nail polish because it is so expensive..I cant imagine paying $9 a bottle, but I had a coupon, so I made a SPLURGE!

This color is called "Happy Anniversary", which is a silvery white nail polish that reflects beautiful in the sun. With a couple of coats, it looks very white with silver specks. It reminds me of a beautiful Christmas silver nail polish. I light lighter colors on my nails and darker colors for my toe nails. Having small fingers, I don't wear darker colors or else people notice easily..

As I am learning the art of self-care, I am wondering how you take care of yourself mentally, physically and spiritually??? What are your tips for stress relief?


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