Practicing What I Preach

If you live on the East Coast, you’ve had a rough couple of weeks. My Facebook feed is filled with moms bemoaning snow days on top of snow days. And I’m one of them!

I mean, let’s be honest, we adore our children. But being cooped up with them for 4-7 days straight, unable to drive, with varying amounts of snow, is trying on the best of parents. I loved teaching my toddler how to build a snowman. But the ritual of putting on coat, mittens, hat and boots and then removing them got old about the 3rd time on the first snow day, never mind the third!

By the time this weekend rolled around, I knew I was a little off. Irritable, unwilling to get out of bed, and completely unmotivated to clean the house, I was losing my mind. Cabin fever! And so I knew I had to practice what I preach: self-care. Here are some things I did.

  • I roasted a pumpkin (yes, one I bought in October) and made pumpkin bread.
  • We went out to dinner as a family on Valentine’s Day. My dinner was dessert: vanilla ice cream in chocolate volcano cake. Yum.
  • On Saturday, I meditated twice. I also did a dream analysis.
  • On Sunday morning, in the shower, I sat down in the tub and let the hot water massage me as I prayed. Why? Because that was what my body wanted, and what my spirit needed.
  • Sunday evening, I went to a Taize service. Taize is a Christian meditative song service.

How did I know what to do? I’ve spent several years learning how to listen to my body and spirit. In fact, that’s one of the first things we’ll be discussing at my Spring Forth Retreat next month: how to listen to our bodies. Sign up today to learn more!