It’s been quite awhile since I last posted. When last we spoke it was December 2015 and New Years resolutions was the topic du jour and I set out on a path of being of service to my parents. So, it was more important to walk the talk of all that I believe, so certain things had to fall by the way side. I continued to coach but the writing and social media had to take a respite. Any free time I had went to my parents, my relationship and self-care. The last of which was a very difficult one to do.
I had spent the last 6 months of my Mother’s life spending equal time between my home and my parents home, helping my Father care for my Mother. Something I am so glad I was able to do and will always be thankful for the opportunity. Yet this was a time while I was working with my partner to start a new business venture which opened the month my mother passed away. Then in December I was required to have my 3rd back surgery (microdiscectomy, fusion and hardware removal) and afterwards my health began to cause me some serious problems and this is where I truly had to stay in the moment and walk the talk. I felt the need to serve everyone before myself to make sure that everyone was cared for before I stopped for the day.
So after my back surgery my body spiralled into a level of pain that I hadn’t known before. Joe, my partner would touch me and unbearable pain would shoot though my body. It turns out I had Fibromyalgia that had been triggered by my back surgery. It’s exacerbated by the cold and we’ve had a couple of very cold winters. So my neurologist are handling my Multiple Sclerosis, Migraine and Fibromyalgia under the same umbrella. Somehow my umbrella seems to be getting bigger and bigger.
Needless to say this was a time of constantly saying to myself, “Don’t go down a road that isn’t right in front of you, Sarah”. I was constantly having to take deep breaths. My self-care was and still is paramount. My morning meditation, exercise, eating whole foods, acupuncture, looking up and looking out and not getting caught up in the little things were and are more important than ever before. Staying in the moment to stay healthy was my everything! Two and a half years later I am finally coming around because one can’t be any good to anyone else when they aren’t being good to themselves. What’s the expression about the oxygen mask on the airplane? My body doesn’t hurt. I’ll say it again my body doesn’t hurt. Which is amazing!
Which leads me to…………. Be good to yourself so you can be good to those around you. What do you do for your self-care and nurturing?