As a homesteading family we are busy. There are gardens to weed, animals to feed, and children to raise. We can get so busy taking care of everyone (and everything) else that it’s easy to forget that we need care too.
I was reminded of that this past week when, on top of the usual summer chores and tasks, we also had two sets of family visiting from out of town…and then we got sick. The best laid plans went up in the air and by Friday the house looked like (and we felt like) a bomb had gone off. We realized, quite obviously, that we needed to take better care of ourselves. Not that taking good care of ourselves is going to make it so we never get sick but it will help keep it to a minimum and help speed up recovery time. Plus, we’ll feel better and have more energy and that is always a good thing.
Get Some Sleep:
Friday night we may have changed into our PJs, read some stories, and had the whole family in bed by 8:45. The dishes weren’t done and the laundry wasn’t folded but we made the decision that our health and well-being was more important. Our bodies needed sleep and that’s what we gave them. Does this mean, we’ll abandon chores and go to be early every night? No, but it does mean that we’ll listen to our bodies and on nights when we are feeling run down we’ll head to bed earlier.
We generally eat pretty healthy, which for us means, as many local, organic, and non-GMO ingredients as possible. We avoid processed foods and opt to make as much as we can from scratch, right here on the homestead. That being said, we’ve been slacking and we know it. Eating healthy doesn’t have to add to your (already too long) to-do list. Simple changes like drinking more water and increasing your fruit and vegetable intake can go a long way. We need to make sure we’re getting our meals planned out each week because that makes it much easier for us to eat healthy.
Easier said than done, I know. Something as simple as stretching or a little yoga before bed can make a big difference. It helps relax your muscles, release tension, and get you focused on relaxing. I’ve found that I sleep much better if I take a few minutes to stretch while getting ready for bed. If you are feeling overwhelmed, take a good look at your to-do list. Sometimes we get so busy with things we think “need” to get done that we lose sight of what is actually important. If you can cut back on some of those unnecessary to-dos you’ll also cut back on stress.
A wise person once told me that “You have to take care of yourself before you can take care of someone else” and I agree. In order for us to be the best parents, homesteaders, and people we need to be healthy…how are you taking care of yourself today? Stop on by the Facebook Page and join in the conversation.