When I became a young mother of twins, I thought I had to do it all. Nurse, nurture, change diapers, read, sing, love (husband too), cook, clean, comb my hair, work, and all that on zero sleep because let’s face it, twins……..
There was also a bit of a guilt factor about reaching out for help and support, and even worse, paying for help…… I often felt that perhaps I wasn’t cut out for the challenge. Then one day, some brilliant person somewhere, I can’t remember who, perhaps I read it somewhere, said to me, “being a mother is like that safety tutorial when you get on the airplane, put your own oxygen mask on before you put it on your child.” Those words had a profound impact on me like you would not believe.
Then I remembered the old adage which I believe is universally adaptable, “when mom is happy, everyone is happy.” In other words, when we take care of ourselves, not as a luxury but as a disciplined practice, we are not only better to ourselves and our own well-being, we are better to everyone around us, and are better equipped to step up, or step down as necessary.
Taking the time to care for yourself is not a luxury, it is a necessity that takes discipline. Sometimes it means not doing the fun thing and buckling down to get something important done, and sometimes it means disconnecting, saying no and giving yourself time to cultivate your well being. Self-care practices exist in all cultures going way back to earliest human history. Meditation is one of them and has been a big game changer for me.
I hope you join me on the cushion this week. Your self-care practice means everything to our Take Five Team, and it is our pleasure to be a part of your practice.