Self-Care, do most of us even know what that term means?
So often, we tell each other, “take care of yourself” and we really do mean it.
We are referring to taking the time to check in on our own self- are we okay physically, emotionally, spiritually, financially?
Often it is easier to see that need in someone else than in ourselves. Let’s be honest and say that often it is easier to feel that someone else is more worthy of that focus. Don’t we often feel guilty for taking time that is just for “ME”?
I would be the first to admit that I have spent a lifetime of putting others first and I do not think that is unique female thinking. I also do not think it is healthy in some situations.
Someone who is trying to conceive is often told to reduce their stress and to try to get a healthier life balance through meditation, exercise, healthy eating, sleep, etc. I am sure you get the picture.
So, while I have made these suggestions often, I am not sure that I have fully registered that what I am suggesting is very difficult for a lot of my patients. The infertility process takes a toll in most of the areas that I mentioned before so moving forward requires a real put your feet down and commit that you are going to do everything in your power, and use everyone at your disposal to care for and about you. You are deserving and what you want and need should be addressed. I will try to take my own advice.