Take your time

I’m sad to share that my beloved cat, Petie, passed away this weekend.

Because he had been sick for several months, I didn’t think the grief would hit me as hard as it has. Although it mostly comes in waves, mornings are the hardest. For 19 years, he has been a part of my morning routine. When I wake up and he’s not there, my heart breaks.

A dear friend gently reminded me this morning that it’s important to “take time to be sad.”

Although it’s hard for me to do, I am taking her advice and cancelling some meetings and postponing some of my to-dos in order to take the time I need to be present and honor my feelings.

We can all use the reminder to “take time.” Whether you’re experiencing grief or any type of loss, relationship issues, struggles at work, or just being stressed from the busyness of life, it’s important to take time for yourself.

Here are some ideas for practicing self-care:

  • Plant flowers
  • Take a bath
  • Go for a walk
  • Journal
  • Get a massage
  • Meditate
  • Talk to a friend
  • Read a fun book
  • Pray
  • Take a nap
  • Practice yoga

Whatever self-care looks like for you, commit to at least one activity this week to be fully present, honor your feelings and rest your body and mind. Take time for yourself.

Take care,

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