Reblog – Self-Care for the Worn Out Soul

I am reblogging this because it is the perfect reminder for me on what can get me through my current flare-up of pain and anxiety. It is a very insightful and inspiring look at self-care.

Lydia!

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I was introduced to the concept of self-care when I was a senior in high school. I had heard the term thrown around a good bit, but I mostly wrote it off as something that was selfish and unnecessary. Boy was I wrong.

When I began struggling with depression and anxiety, I sought out any and every avenue of treatment that I thought might alleviate my suffering. Initially, I was very hesitant to learn more about self-care and resisted incorporating it into my daily routine. My strict religious upbringing had conditioned me to avoid anything that had the word “self” in it.

The truth is, if you neglect yourself, you’ll have nothing to give to others. I was passionate about serving other people and this concept really hit home for me.

I remember someone provided me with the analogy of airplane safety. In the event of a decrease in oxygen…

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Reblog – I Am Here

My friend, Claire, has eloquently voiced my feelings and probably those of most people who deal with chronic pain and illness. Missing important events makes you feel even more isolated and invisible.

Lydia!

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I am here,

Do you still see me?

My heart is beating

Within my broken shell.

A mind is playing

The words of a lifetime

The will is surviving

To write a legacy well.SONY DSC

Am I succeeding?

Am I still growing?

In spite of a body

That creaks with pain.

My mind is creating

My will is still flowing

To harness experience

For a generation to gain.

I may be unseen

Not always present,

But can you still see me?

Here I remain.

Claire Saul

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