Take Care

Yesterday, I was thinking about how happy I am to have more free time because I dropped one of my classes this semester.

I will be the first to admit that sometimes I don’t take the best care of myself. Mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally.

When I first started this blog, I was swimming competitively. I truly enjoyed swimming (and still do), but I didn’t enjoy the demanding schedule that came along with swimming for a team. Now that I look back, I realize that I wasn’t taking care of myself at that time because I was forcing myself to do something that I didn’t want to do.

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This semester, I couldn’t keep up with my schedule. I took a course that was too hard for my abilities. I thought I would be able to stick it out, but I couldn’t. I wasn’t taking care of myself because I was stressed beyond belief and not spending time with friends or family.

I enjoy swimming on my own terms. I enjoy school when I can handle my course load.

I have realized that it’s so important to take care of myself.

Personally, taking care of myself means…

Asking for help when I need it
Being okay with saying no
Making time for friends and family
Making time to be alone
Writing in my journal
Spending time with God every day
Goofing off and laughing until I cry
Spending time doing nothing
Getting enough sleep and eating well
Being nice to myself when I make mistakes
Being open with others
Enjoying the little things in life
Accepting myself as a work in progress
Not stressing too much about taking care of myself

How do you take care of yourself?

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18 comments

  1. I want to smack myself when I recognize myself NOT doing what I should to help my body, sanity, etc. I love this post…realizing how to be true to yourself is so important, and sometimes you don’t even realize that you’re holding yourself back!

  2. Self-care is something I sometimes struggle with too. I think everyone does, but especially females because we’re always trying to do so much for other people. It’s really good that you quit swimming competitively since you didn’t like it- unless you’re a professional athlete and getting paid the big bucks or going to the Olympics, there’s no use to push yourself super hard to the point of not liking the sport anymore just to win or do well. I quit coaching at the track club here for the same reason- so competitive that my heart just wasn’t in it anymore and something I loved turned into feeling like a chore.

    I’m glad your schedule is better without the hard class too. College is tough like that but if dropping a class is the worst of it, you are doing really, really well!

  3. You go girl! You’re taking great care of yourself. I think I’m spreading myself a little too thin. I’m kind of dreading practices when I should be excited. It looks like you’re finding peace and happiness, the most important things in life!

  4. self care is really tough for me too. like I can talk the talk and encourage others to take it but when it comes to myself I fall off. way to go on recognizing this and making the steps it takes to take care of yourself. you deserve it!

  5. I love that you took the time to make a list of the ways to take care of yourself. I especially love how you put “Spending time with God every day”. Taking care of myself is definitely something I need to work on. I think I may sit down and try to make a list for myself πŸ™‚

  6. I hardly ever really take care of myself as I work hard during my week and often end up being super busy on my weekends, leaving me even more tired. This weekend though I’ve thoroughly enjoyed sitting at home with the fire going and watching the first three Step Up movies. πŸ™‚

  7. I struggle with taking care of myself as well. In the past, I have felt “selfish” for wanting to take care of myself (don’t ask me why…that doesn’t really make much sense!). I guess I just felt like I should be caring for other people, not myself. But I am slowly learning that in order for us to be able to care for others, we must care for ourselves first. I am so glad you have realized this, and I want to thank you for the important reminder.

    I’m so glad your schedule is better without that class. It was very wise of you to drop it!

  8. Whoa! I leave the blogging world for a bit and I come back to this whole new layout! LOVE it!!

    I think you summed up a LOT of valuable lessons in this post, some that I have just barely begun to recognize. It is SO important to take care of oneself. Learning that I am not wonderwoman was a very hard thing for me to understand. Beautifully written, dear!

  9. I really like this post Allie. It is really hard to believe that at that point (when were both competitively swimming) and how different life is now. Who would have guessed. Anyways, you may not believe it but you truly take care of yourself and inspire so many people here.

  10. I used to struggle with this so much! It’s gotten so much better over the past few months but it’s still hard sometimes.
    I’m glad you’re now doing something that’s better for YOU! ❀

  11. There are definitely a few things on that list I should do more of too
    Spending time doing nothing
    Making time for friends and family
    Being open with others
    Yes, yes, yes!
    Great blog and good reminders! πŸ˜€

  12. Allie I am so in love with this post and proud of you for taking care of yourself in the ways that you know is truly best! I think this can be such a difficult thing to do when we always want to take that extra class, do another race, be there for our friends and family all the time and with 100% effort while trying to balance all else. Taking care and practicing self-love isn’t an easy task.

    You’ve got a good list going there – I’d have to add yoga/meditation and making sure I’m not destroying myself by trying to give 100% to everything.

    xo πŸ™‚

  13. I LOVE this, and I can totally relate!! Putting too much pressure on ourselves or working too much can totally tear us down!! What good are we if we are exhausted and not doing what work we have to our best ability!? I think it’s great you took some of your load off. Taking care of yourself comes first!

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