I read a quote the other day that struck me. It was in the May 2016 issue of the Ensign Magazine, a publication of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It was an address given by Neill F. Marriot. (I am LDS, or Mormon, though I try to publish content that all my readers can relate to, so if you’re not, stick with me here anyways.)
She spoke of a women’s desire to nurture. That is what we do, naturally: nurture and bring others up. Our children, sometimes our husbands, friends, neighbors, and others all benefit from our innate desire to nurture.
Sister Marriott says, “However, the first child of God we must build up… is ourselves.” I can attest to this fact. I have had times where I’m trying to care for my children, run a house, be a good wife, but I feel like I have so little energy reserve to pull from, and my family does not get the attention and care they should.
This is why one of the first things taught in betrayal recovery is self care. It is not a new concept. Have you heard the quote, “You can’t pour from an empty cup?” It’s true! If we do not first nurture ourselves, we can not give to others.
Taking care of ourselves is vital to our health and wellness. The four kinds that I emphasize or physical care, spiritual care, mental/emotional care, and temporal. In future blog posts, I will go over how you an use these concepts to gain better control over your own life.
Until then, if you need help, feel free to reach out to me on my contact page. I’d love to help you take control of your life and live the life you dream.