Stop giving "lip service" to the idea that "I take better care of others when I take care of myself." Actually do something to recharge yourself. I was talking with a friend just this week who felt guilty for investing time for herself in the most simple of things (a long shower). But she knows renewing herself will help her be a better wife and mom, along with performing better with work.
Look outside at a tree or flowers or at a potted plant nearby. In nature what is not renewing and growing is dying. We are the same way.
Take action. It is time for renewal.
When I need rest, sitting down with a cup of tea to savor a book is high on my list. When the book is about renewal, even better.
The following 5 books and 5 articles can start you on your path to refreshing your spirit, mind, and body.
Finding Rest, Renewal and Delight in our Busy Lives by Wayne Muller
A great read to understand the rest we are to get daily and weekly, as part of our rhythm of life.
Clinician's Guide to Self-Renewal by Robert Wicks and Elizabeth Maynard
An in-depth detailed guide on renewal. Not just for clinician's, but for anyone in a "helping" role - whether moms or pastors.
What to Say When You Talk to Your Self by Shad Helmstetter
I love how the title separates "Your" and "Self" - what you say to the Self you call "You" impacts your daily renewal. A must read. This one stays in our library.
The Woman's Comfort Book by Jennifer Louden
Not sure where to start with ideas for self-nurturing? Tired of turning to food for comfort? Start with this guide.
The Art of Extreme Self-Care by Cheryl Richardson
A month-by-month action plan to put balance back into your life.
The following links are some videos and articles to help you learn and practice renewal. The last article, by Regent, is a must read for anyone who helps people as part of their work.