• Danielle Turner LCSW

Healing our bodies for ourselves

Updated: Aug 26, 2021

Why is it so hard to take care of ourselves and not focus on others. I had major surgery recently. While recuperating all my thoughts were of all the things I

should have been doing instead of resting. We get so use to taking care of others we often times neglect ourselves. Despite moving slow I still cooked, cleaned and made it to my office to do some work

when I should have been in bed resting. My mind told me it's ok because the doctor said be active and make sure to move. Not sure he meant all the moving I had been doing. None the less I had been moving,

which lead me to stop, think and change my behavior. I had to put me first, take care of my well being and let everyone else in my household figure it out without me. I had to put my self care first and

make my healing a priority. So I stopped moving for others and starting moving for me. I took short walks to build my strength, I allowed others to do the heavy

lifting, I asked for help with things around the house and runs to the store. I took long hot showers and put on cozy pajamas. I burned scented candles in my room, put nice freshly washed linens on the bed and ate hot soup to warm my body. I made my self care the upmost important. Without taking care of myself I would not be able to

care for my family nor my clients. Self care is about making yourself a priority. Allowing yourself to take care of you. Self care is about being able to ask for help when needed and being receptive to it. Knowing

your body and when to rest is also important. Following your doctor orders is imperative to healing. Healing takes time so be patient. It's ok to not be ok

as long as it is part of your healing process. We do not have super powers which means we have to take care of ourselves. I am feeling much better since the surgery, stronger and resting when I need. I

hope all of you are taking care of yourself this week and listening to your bodies. As always stay safe, stay well and take care of you. Until next time.

- Danielle

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