Taking Care of Ourselves…

Women in particular need to keep an eye on their physical and mental health, because if we’re scurrying to and from appointments and errands, we don’t have a lot of time to take care of ourselves. We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to do’ list. Michelle Obama

Meditation: April and May are the busiest times for children and youth who are finishing the school year and who have many extra rehearsals and performances added to their plates. And that means that parents, especially mothers, are stressed out alongside their children. Yes, it adds up: the amount of driving, late nights of studying, extra evening and weekend events and extra support the children need, combined with increasing pre-summer stress at our adult work places. It is easy for parents, especially mothers, to forget about their own needs, physically, emotionally and mentally. I recently decided to see a counselor, just to have a place where I can vent, where I will be listened to and validated. I openly share this way of me receiving extra emotional support with my daughters. I am role modeling as a female to not always be on the giving side, but also to allow myself to receive care. What a healing concept!

Prayer: Gracious God, You want us to rest enough in the midst of our stressful lives. You want us to take care of our physical body and our emotional body so that we can remain mentally healthy in the midst of high demands. Let us be humble and teach our children that receiving emotional support is a spiritual way of allowing You to attend to us, listen to us and validate us through another human being. Thank You for people who make it their vocation to listen and to attend to others. Amen

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:28-29