Life Balance Newsletter  |  April 5, 2013
Renee Trudeau & Associates

Sometimes self-care takes (gasp!) discipline

I’m not sleeping well. I haven’t for the last few weeks. Yes, I’m going to bed at the same time each night, staying tech-free after 8 p.m., getting daily exercise, steering clear of caffeine and generally staying with my same calming before-bed routine each night, but I’m 47 and my hormone levels are changing as fast as the Texas weather!  In order to get good sleep, I have to be disciplined—sometimes militant—about my self-care practice if I want to get a solid night’s rest (right now, this means eating dinner early and avoiding sugar). Ugh.
Bummer, right?  Do you think self-care (the practice of attuning and responding to your needs and desires) is easy and all about pleasure? It can be—read more—but self-care can also look like this:
“My daily meditation practice requires me to get up each day at 6 a.m. in order to fit this in before carpooling and work. Yuck! I’m not a morning person. But taking time to start my day this way has been life-changing—so I stick to it. Even when I feel like turning off the alarm and crawling under the covers.”  John

“I can find a million reasons why I should cancel my twice a week morning walks with my neighbor, Jan. It takes a lot of juggling to fit these in and often, I’m so tired at the end of the day, all I really want to do is lie on the couch. But these walks feed me physically, emotionally and spiritually. They help me release stress, sleep better and help me go with—instead of against—the flow of life.”  Susan

“On the days I am rested I feel like I can conquer the world, but on the days where I stayed up the night before to watch a movie, play games online or just piddle around the house, I feel like crap. One of the kindest things I can do for myself is to adhere to a 10 p.m. bedtime. It’s really hard and takes every ounce of discipline I have to get to bed at this early hour but, ultimately, it’s worth it.”  Joe

“Taking time to plan out/shop for what we’ll have for dinner during the week can feel like a grueling chore. I’d much rather pick up tacos at a drive thru or order Chinese take-out. But I’ve noticed a huge difference in my mood and my family’s when we take time to create a healthy veggie-laden meal and sit down and enjoy something we’ve actually cooked together.  It takes extra work on my part but in the long run, the payoffs outweigh the hassle.”  Ellen    READ MORE …

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