Tuesday, February 2, 2010
I'm sure I'm not the only parent who spends considerably more time worrying about my children's nutrition than my own. Yesterday, for example, I packed a delicious, balanced lunch for the five-year-old to take to preschool. Then I fed the toddler an early lunch before his nap, equally varied and nutrient-rich. Then when the toddler was napping and I was scurrying to get things done, I completely forgot to eat my own lunch until my stomach was literally rumbling.
Woah, mama. Slow down. Why on earth do I do this to myself? I'm the one driving this bus -- I better not be falling asleep at the wheel!
So I took the time to make myself a tasty, healthful lunch. And I sat down at the kitchen table, and read, and listened to some music, and relaxed for a good fifteen minutes. Honestly, it didn't even really set me back in my to-do list that much. But I was so much better fueled for the rest of my demanding day, having taken the time to truly nourish myself. Funny how I have to keep learning the same lessons over and over again.
And my lunch that was so worth taking the time for? Just a tuna sandwich. No great shakes. Except that the bread was homemade bran-enriched white bread from Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day and it was absolutely divine. And the tuna salad was my favorite recipe: chunk light tuna, mayo, finely diced celery, finely shredded carrot, finely diced white onion, and a little dill. Scrumptious! Try it sometime, you'll love it.
Taking time for yourself is not a luxury. You owe it to the people around you, the people who depend upon you, to be a fully-functioning you. It's not selfish; in fact it's the most essential part of offering the blessing of yourself to others. If you wring yourself dry until you have nothing left to give, you can't help anyone, least of all yourself. We all know this, and we all need to be reminded of it often.
Nourish thyself. With or without a tuna sandwich.
This post is part of the Moms' 30-Minute Blog Challenge, hosted by SteadyMom. Thanks, as always, Jamie!