I know this famous quote from Dr. Seuss is referring to how we care of this beautiful world we live in. But lately, it’s been on repeat in my mind regarding how I car for myself. I sure wish there was a way to hold someone, anyone else accountable for my unhealthy habits or even just the absence of healthy ones. But truthfully no one can make as big of a difference for my health as I can.
As a mom, it takes constant effort to remember to make (and take) the times you need to care for your needs. The reasons we don’t are many…and all are very valid. But “Unless someone like YOU cares a whole awful lot, nothing about your physical, mental or spiritual health is going to get better. It not.
I say this to myself every time I get up to exercise in the morning or (more often) when I rearrange my afternoon to fit exercise in during babies nap times.
I say this to myself when I need a little pick-me-up in the afternoon and pass up a pop tart or some other for of quick simple carbs and sugar. Whether I do this out of convenience or habit…it only takes a little care to find a better fit for the fuel I need.
There are a few of the areas I know I need to care a whole awful lot for myself. What’s on your list???
I am aware it’s easy to believe there is no reason to care. If that is how you find yourself feeling, start there, with care. The behaviors on your care list are not meant to be knots in a belt you later use to beat yourself with when you fall short… that isn’t caring. Some days might feel like two steps forward and three steps back. That OK! Nothing is going to get better unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot. It’s not. One choice, one misstep at a time.