This week’s prompt on JBE is when enough is not enough. I am at that point in my life right now. I am learning to manage my stress, but it is not enough. The anxiety is still there, lurking in the corners. Anxiety makes me doubt myself.
Why am I not coping as well as I could be? Two words: self-care. Simply put, I am not taking time for myself to recharge my own batteries and focus on my needs. I need adequate rest. I need to move more.
To be enough, I am taking steps to take care of my physical self. I am making more mindful food choices. I am committing to make time for a fifteen to twenty-minute walk each day at work. I am joining our on site fitness center; it is free for employees.
I just got tested again for diabetes, and my A1C was well within the normal level. If I want to continue to prevent type II diabetes, I need to commit myself to exercise. I worried about my physical health a lot when I was pregnant with both girls because I had gestational diabetes. Now that I am no longer pregnant or nursing, I need to pay the same level of attention to my health. I want to be a healthy role model for my girls. Putting myself first is not selfish. I need to physically take care of myself so that I have the energy to be able to take care of my family.