Thursday, April 16, 2015

N is for Nurture - A to Z 2015 Challenge


With all the pressures of work, home, family, friends, etc., do you take the time out to nurture your body and soul? 


For the longest time I would put my needs last (like so many) and would take care of everyone else. And where did that get me! Absolutely nowhere, except absolutely exhausted, both mentally and physically. And when this happens I feel like a frazzled Bugs Bunny!


Over the course of the last several years, I'm proud to say I don't say "yes" to every request or need so fast. I typically count to ten silently and ponder quickly if saying "yes" would be in my best interest. I've become more of a 50/50 to others needs. Not that I don't love my "circle" ~ I feel it's important to see them fly on their own.

Make sure your priority is healthy eating, exercise and plenty of sleep. This way you nurture what inspires you... the choices are endless... writing, art, knitting, photography, etc. You name it the sky is the limit.

Like my Nana would always say, "happy mama and daddy, happy family!"

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24 comments:

  1. Good post to read, it's good to be able to nurture your child especially through reading.

    Yvonne.

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  2. I say "yes" too often and it ends up getting me in trouble. It's easy to say yes to something that's two months away...then it gets here and you think, "What was I thinking?"

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    1. Oh gosh, know the feeling all too well! But not as much as before!

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  3. Nice post! I often do too much and run myself down, but I do try to do things to nurture myself such as gardening, walking, and napping. :)

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    1. Chrys, you are a woman after my own heart. Love to garden walk and nap too!

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  4. And you can't help anyone else when you're a mess!

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  5. So true. You must say no once in a while, so you're not over-taxed emotionally and physically.

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  6. Very good advice. Recently, I've been trying to take more "me" time. I love to walk. It relaxes me. I'm learning to say "no." I guess that means we're never too old to learn new tricks.

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    1. LOL! The daily walks are essential for calming the mind!

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  7. Good advice. I've been learning to take care of myself and listen to my body. I can't write if I exhaust myself.

    ~Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
    Member of C. Lee's Muffin Commando Squad
    Story Dam
    Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

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    1. Definitely! Listening to my body now...I'm about the sign off and curl up on the couch!

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  8. People say when you take care of your own health and give yourself free time that you are more free to give your time when you do.

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    1. Very true! It rejuvenates the body, mind and soul when we take care of ourselves!

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  9. Your "yes" comments go well with my "no" post! We were thinking along the same lines....
    Yvonne

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    1. Great minds think alike from the Muffin Commando Squad!

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  10. Yes!! We must nurture ourselves so we can nurture others ;)

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  11. HI. just dropped by from the challenge to say hi and this was the perfect article for me to read. I don't take the time to nurture myself because I feel selfish when I do. But, I get so frazzled and anxious after a while and I am beginning to realize that I'm not really of much use to anyone when I am exhausted and spent. Great advice and I intend to finally take it.

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    1. I'm delighted my post has provided you some guidance. You go girl...take care of yourself first! As for the part of feeling selfish it takes time to overcome that. But once you see the results of your own peace it becomes easier!

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  12. >>"Like my Nana would always say, "happy mama and daddy, happy family!"

    Love the saying!

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    1. I'm delighted you like my Nana's saying!

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