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It happened to me – how self-care is the first care

By Joanna on August 11, 2016

You know that old adage: you can’t pour from an empty cup – take care of yourself first…?

I know you know it. I know I know it. And still, I fall into the same traps all the time. I’m being up front with you here. It’s been a tough year. We’ve had some challenges as a family, and a few things knocked us back quite a bit for a while there.

Of course, as often happens, while one part of your life is in turmoil, another is thriving. Business is good. Contracts keep coming. I am enjoying it all more and more

But on top of that, the little man is not a great sleeper.

So to recap, we’ve had a rough ride on a personal level, business is good, but we don’t get great sleep.

You see where this is going don’t you.Empty_Cup

I am human. Like so many, at times like this, self-care is the first thing to go. Even though I
know I should know better. Exercise is the last thing on the to-do list and the first thing to be sidelined. Mealtimes consist of whatever is most convenient. And our cups are empty. They are drained.

So, not for the first time, it happened to me.

Time to start filling up MY cup again. Baby steps. Let’s start with this:

  • Where are those meal planning sheets?
  • Online weekly shopping – I love you.
  • Hello yoga 3 times a week – even though I am rusty and stiff, I do feel better for doing it
  • Walking every day (even a short one)… outside. Fresh air, exercise, mental clearing – yes, please.
  • And of course, my easy-go-to-stress-buster EFT. Just a little, but often.

And it is working. I do feel better.

In the coming weeks, I have 2 big deadlines, a fully booked client diary, and I am pitching for another neat contract. It’s a busy one. I will feel it. But my self-care cup-filling will continue. I am making it a priority and committing to it.
Have you experienced this? What do you do when you feel the pressure? How do you ensure you always fill your own cup?

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