When the walls felt like they were closing in and taking a deep cleansing breath was followed by tears, I listened to my body. It is not just time for self-care, it is time for a self-retreat. Being in tune with my body has helped me notice when something is off right away instead of dismissing the signs. As I mentioned in a recent episode, Caregiver Hormones, I am having some challenging changes that need attention because they are contributing the overwhelming status.
My caregiving journey has been full of ups and downs but sometimes the straight and narrow pathways are filled with challenges that require self-care. Although I maintain regular self-care regimens, this time I need a bit more help.
These challenges have led me to a familiar heart space in embracing the unknown to find peace in letting go, once again. Dad's goodbye was not the long goodbye that time with Mom has become so embracing the unknown has become overwhelming. Rather than the find peace in researching as I have done in the past, I am trying to find peace in the present moment by being still.
I am many things, but the caregiver in me is also a Mama Bear. This bear knows when to retreat to a cave for hibernation of replenishment and refocusing. I do best when I can channel my broken energy into projects that free my mind but staying present is important now. When the roles switched, Mom became my cub to protect. Being present with her is a blessing, a gift I choose to honor.
These internal struggles have reminded me to practice what I preach, to find time to reflect, meditate, pray, study, and just be.
I wanted to share a few things with you before I step back to replenish and refocus.
Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take."
Thank you for joining in and listening with us today. You can find more about this topic on the blog at www.jessicalizelcannon.com. I hope this gave you more food for thought and until next time, BE PROACTIVE. Take care everybody.
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