We hear over and over how important it is to take care of ourselves. That by doing so, we are healthier, happier, and have more to give others. But I wonder how often we really do it. A caring newsletter reader sent me a thoughtful email after she saw my post last week, the love letter I wrote to my dog child Kona after saying goodbye. In it she said some important things. I want to share them with you.
“I know you know this, but it's so important to take care of yourself and get the rest you need. The exhaustion is part of the grief. When you are hurting, reeling from a devastating loss, you must care for yourself the way you would a dear friend. Treat yourself to what you would offer that friend. Tuck yourself in with tea or chicken soup, take hot baths, play gentle music, and pamper yourself as much as you can. We so often fall down on self-care, but it is so critical to our survival, healing, and growth. I just wanted to remind you about that (even though I know you do know). Sometimes we know these things, but of all the people in our lives, it is often ourselves we are the most neglectful of.”
She hit the nail on the head. Especially for me this week as I have been downright exhausted from not only caring for my dog before he died, but in the last 2 weeks as well from grieving so much. While I did know how important taking care of myself was, what I didn’t know was how tired and lethargic I would feel after this devastating loss. That was a huge surprise to me.
I share this because you may be going through a stressful loss right now. Please know that my heart is with you if you are. If you aren’t going through loss at this moment, I am so glad. But it does happen to all of us.
It’s the reminder to take care of yourself. In whatever way feels right and best for you. It really is the kindest thing you can do.
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