by Kathryn Jane
Something we all, yep ALL, need to pay attention to no matter what our circumstances, is self-care.
We live in a world brimming with information, watching bad news from around the world, and being exposed to a great deal of negativity minute by minute. In some ways this is good as we can see that in the grand scheme of things, a roof over our heads and food on our tables puts us among the fortunate.
Still, there is pressure. Pressure to be the best we can be at our jobs, and within our families. Employers and family need us, depend on us in every possible way. We can’t let them down. But apparently, we are letting ourselves down.
We stay late at work without extra pay, we stay up long past bedtime doing laundry, and we get up earlier than the rest so we can prep lunches. We eat the burnt toast, the stale crust, and the smallest portion of desert.
We are super-women, and we shine at it.
Until the tank is suddenly empty and we don’t know how it happened.
Until we find ourselves at the wrong place to pick up a kid, in the wrong chat group to vent about our boss, or getting pulled over for speeding through a playground zone—because our thoughts were somewhere else.
Until we’re tossing and turning at three in the morning unable to shut our minds down so we can sleep.
Time for some self care.
Sure, right, okay, but how the heck can we combat the burnout if we can’t give up any of our responsibilities?
Self … care.
Self-care can be getting a massage once a month, , stopping for an ice-cream, dancing to a favorite song, or taking ten minutes every day to just sit in the garden and do nothing.
Or it can be as simple and silly as a game I started for myself the other day.
What if a genie popped out of a bottle and granted me one very specific wish which was:
You have up to 3 days to enjoy a single experience as long as it is not about meeting or talking to someone… as part of the wish, you will be granted whatever physical ability you will need.
Here’s a list of ideas I built for myself in about ten minutes.
- Ride in the Kentucky Derby or the Grand National
- Go on an African safari
- Swim with whales
- Interact with lions or tigers in their natural habitat
- Attend a Streisand concert
- Hike Machu Picchu
- Attend the Edinburgh Tattoo
And this is a list I built while trying to guess what my friends would choose:
- A Broadway show
- A Paris fashion show
- Climb Mount Everest
- A Vegas show
- The Great Wall of China
- The Pyramids
- Ski the Alps
- A French Chateau
- A Scottish Castle
- Desert Island
- Great Barrier Reef
So… how about you? Join in my little self-care game and share what you might choose if my genie granted you the same wish.
Kathryn Jane, novelist, artist, educator.
Kat loves crisp sunny days, the warm breath of a horse, cats with a sense of humor, the briny scent of the ocean, and her very own charming prince—in no particular order. http://kathrynjane.com
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