"An empty lantern provides no light. Self care is the fuel that allows your light to shine brightly." Author Unknown
There are so many things happening! Most of the things happening affect our schedules, changes in our routines and quite a few have meant major changes in our families routines. All of these things affect us and, probably, our care receivers. With everything that is happening, and changing, every day it is hard to remember we need to take care of ourselves. I have been known to ask a "primary" care giver "if you aren't taking care of yourself who is going to take care of your loved one if something happens to you?"
Taking care of ourselves is an important part of taking care of who ever it is we are taking care of. If we continue, and we do(!), to take care of all the things that have to be done daily without taking care of ourselves we are either going to "burn out" or have something happen to us.
Is it easy -- NO! Is it needed -- YES!! I am not suggesting (although it can be a good idea!) taking a long vacation or sabbatical. I am suggesting time every day to stop, and spend time with God - however it works best for you to take time with God. I, personally, have a space for my Bible, my journal, my coffee and I can listen to praise music. Some days I am blessed to be able to spend "extra" time there. Some days I cheer if I get 15 minutes uninterrupted. How are YOU getting the care you need? What do you do to take care of you?