Well, that was a very quick 21 days! I’m sure you found how rewarding taking a few minutes each day to do something for yourself truly is.
As we go about our daily lives, let’s not forget to include taking care of ourselves on our lists of things to do. Take care of yourself physically, mentally, spiritually. Eat well. Exercise. Get enough sleep. Meditate. Do something that you enjoy and feels rewarding to you, like reading, writing, cooking, drawing, singing, or some other hobby. Treat yourself to an occasional manicure and/or pedicure. Join a charitable organization that meets once a month and finds ways to give back to your community and raises funds for a worthy cause.
A friend of mine just sent me a short note after seeing my status on LinkedIn that said that I am headed to the annual Postpartum Support International/Marce Society conference taking place in Pittsburgh for the next few days. He said “Glad to see you’re keeping up with your passion!” Yes, my passion is learning all there is to learn about postpartum depression (PPD) and sharing that knowledge through my writing. I am very much looking forward to meeting my fellow bloggers Katherine Stone, Lauren Hale (for the 1st time), and Amber Koter-Puline (also for the 1st time). I look forward to seeing my other friends from PSI, like Jane Honickman, Wendy Davis, and Birdie Gunyon Meyer. I also look forward to meeting others who are experts on the subject and heavily involved in postpartum support groups, like Liz Friedman of MotherWoman.
Life is a gift and each one of us should make the most of it. Find what it takes to be happy and healthy, which includes making time for yourself and finding your passion.
Thank you, Diane Sanford and Anne Dunnewold, for leading this self-care challenge!