Is it sad that the only time I find myself sitting still is when I am having a root canal?
I was thinking this about three weeks ago as I was sitting in the chair at the dentist’s office. I love my dentist, but honestly I do not want to see him as much as I have this year. However, that is the price you pay when you neglect yourself. And as I sat in that chair waiting for my face to go numb, I realized that I have been neglecting myself for far too long. I need to start taking care of me.
Easier said than done.
Since my kids were born, my husband and my parents battled serious, and sometimes, life-threatening illnesses. In all of the hullabaloo, I stopped taking care of myself. And I don’t mean that I stopped showering, shaving my legs, or using deodorant. I stopped going for my yearly checkups. And now that everyone is healthy and strong again, my first New Year’s Resolution is to take care of me. And I know that once I put this out there (in the great, wide internet world) I have to hold myself accountable to this. The first step was the dentist. Hence, the root canal…sigh.
My second New Year’s Resolution is to find more time to sit still. I am going to schedule “Me” time at least once a week for two hours. Doesn’t sound like a lot of time, does it? Not on paper, at least. In two hours I could get a mani/pedi, go for a haircut, stroll through a store, read a book (I used to be an avid reader before kids), or countless other things. I’m going to start making a list. I’ll post that soon. And doctor appointments will not count. That is a necessity. This “Me” time is exactly that. Just. For. Me.