I used to believe it meant being selfish, until I had neglected my own health to the point of developing high blood pressure, peripheral artery disease and lots of pain!!
Now I realize that taking care of my own health is not a selfish luxury, but an extreme necessity.
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It’s been really hard for me to admit that I’m the needy one now and it’s okay to take care of myself and make some of my own needs a priority once in awhile.
It’s been hard for me to accept that now I’m the one with fragile health who needs special treatment.
I have a health condition and I am disabled.
I need to acknowledge that and respond accordingly.
I need to stop pretending I can still do everything myself.
Trying to control my blood pressure with diet and exercise alone, because it is not working.
I must not even try to stand in one spot even just long enough to cut up vegetables for a salad because that causes excruciating leg pain.
I must not get down on my hands and knees to scrub the shower floor, anymore.
Walking just a few feet without holding onto a shopping cart also causes unbearable leg and back pain.
And, I’m hoping it’s just temporary, but I’ve had to give up driving and with it my independence.
If I want to stay alive for as long as possible for my family, I need to make some major changes in the way I’ve been doing things.
I need to check in with my doctors regularly and do what they tell me to do.
I need to make more time for simple, approved exercising.
I need to ask for help with cooking and cleaning.
I need special equipment, such as handles on the shower and toilet seat.
I need to use elevators instead of trying to do the painful and nearly impossible task of climbing stairs.
As much as I hate to admit it, maybe I even need to start riding in the electric carts at Walmart instead of pretending it doesn’t kill me to walk all over that gigantic place!
I need to stop feeling selfish when I make time to chill out and relax.
I need to keep reminding myself that self care is not synonymous with being selfish!
What do you need do to take care of yourself? Let me know in the comments!
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