I normally steer clear of any soapbox-y natured posts, but today I’m stepping up on the soapbox of looking out for yourself.
As wives, mothers, daughters, friends and just women in general– we often take care of everyone else before we consider ourselves. Though we should be more concerned with others and less concerned with self, (Phil. 2:4) we tend to take it to an unhealthy degree of self-neglect. As moms especially, or caregivers in general– it is more likely that our own health is the last thing we consider.
Personally, it’s not easy to schedule my own doctors appointments– and I do not enjoy going– but it NEEDS to be DONE.
The other day, I shared about my friend with cancer and it has been quite the wake up call, mainly because I’ma few months overdue on my annual physical. (Don’t worry, Mom. I scheduled it today.)
She is my age. She has three children. And with teaching Spin 5 times a week and working out on her own, she is the most active and healthy person I know.
But cancer doesn’t care.
And had she missed her yearly exam this last month, and waited 6 months or even longer– her prognosis might not be as good as it is today.
But Praise God she went and they caught this stuff when they did.
So what is it for you? Dentist? Need new glasses? YOUR yearly exam complete with a smashing paper gown and poking and prodding? DO IT.
If you have to, get a babysitter or take a personal day and pair it with lunch with a friend or a pedicure to make it fun.
But please, for the love of all those people who are looking up to you and who need you– your family needs a healthy you.
And whether it is physical or mental or spiritual or emotional– take some time to look out for your lovely self.
It is definitely NOT selfish to be the healthiest version of you for yourself and your family.