At least once or twice a year, I go to Rocky Mountain National Park to feed my soul – the photo below is one that I took last summer while hiking in Moraine Park. This is where I reconnect with myself, where I feel most whole. I wish I could say I can reclaim this feeling in my normal/non-vacation life, amid the busy-ness of kids, work, home and other pressures. I’m working on it by trying to practice daily meditation, but it’s really tough.
In 2015, I want to focus on spreading more ideas about self care for autoimmune moms. It’s important for any mom and every person, but especially for us autoimmune moms. Because a tiny part of the reason we might be where we are healthwise is that we let stress get too deep, or we ignored symptoms and didn’t stop until they became debilitating.
Taking time out for yourself feels like the last thing you can do when you already can’t give 100% because of your chronic health issues. But it might be the thing that gets you closer to 100%, because as you try to live with more mindfulness (though meditation, walking or whatever works), you change your neural pathways. Mindfulness can also help your brain-gut connection, which fosters healing.
I’d love to hear how you take care of yourself, especially in the form of a new “mom tale” on this website to share ideas and encouragement for other autoimmune moms (email me if sharing your story calls to you). But please share your thoughts in the comments too — every new idea is a new opportunity to reconnect mind, body and soul.
All of us should get the walk the gold-lined path for at least a little while. So even if you live far from the natural beauty of oceans or mountains, there are little things you can do the bring beauty into daily life. I am looking forward to hearing what works for you, and filling our reserves with more self care in these coming months and years.
About the Author
Katie Cleary is founder of AutoimmuneMom.com. She lives with three autoimmune conditions, her husband, kids and mini labradoodle dog in Austin, Texas.
This blog post was originally published by AutoimmuneMom.com, written by Katie Cleary, and first published on Oct 17, 2014.