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  • Writer's pictureLisa Paul IBCLC

Self-care Dilemma

I can't do it all. Really, there are not enough hours in the day to do... it... all. I woke today at 4:30am, not by choice but by hot flash. Since that time I have:

  • Read a spiritual passage

  • Made juice for my family

  • Drank my juice

  • Took a shower

  • Dried my hair

  • Put on makeup (just a bit)

  • Made myself protein "coffee" and drank it

  • Brushed my teeth

  • Packed up food for an event tonight

  • Packed my lunch

  • Composed this blog in my head

  • Drove my son to school (an hour)

  • Coordinated my family's schedule for event tonight

  • Got gas

  • Walked for 28 minutes

  • Meditated for 20 minutes

  • Met a psychotherapist who just moved into the same building as I

  • Responded to a text from a client

  • Reinstalled some software on my computer

  • Started writing this blog post

It isn't even 10am yet. My lifecoach has mentioned it to me a couple of times that I need to take it easy on myself. LOL. She and I are working on balance right now. My latest dilemma is how to balance the need for self-care with the rest of my life. I mean, just how does one pray, meditate, exercise, get inspired, eat healthy, take a shower, etc while living a purposeful life.

The question the lifecoach posed to me last night was what part of self-care is absolutely essential for me to stay centered and grounded so that the work I do doesn't undo me. Hmmm, that is a great question! Today, that meant that I skipped going to the YMCA and I walked instead. I usually go to Zumba because I like the dancing and the social aspect, but tonight I have a social event planned, as well as a full day of appointments. Zumba just didn't fit.

It's all about balance. While I know that self-care is not optional, spending too much time on it causes stress too. Just like spending too much time blogging! It's 10:06am, time to stop writing!

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