Sunday, June 19, 2011

a lesson in self care

It has been an intense week. Good intense though! I went to a conference about self care. The church I work for had it's national lay workers (people who aren't ordained as ministers) conference held at the beautiful sunshine coast. It was perfect timing, I totally needed to get out of my work space and have a good hard think about where I am with what I am doing, why I have been a bit of a crazy lady lately and get a handle on what is scaring the pants off of me...(this might have to be another post...but it is likely to do with the blogging rut I had!) We heard some pretty horrific stories about burn out, did a simple stress test and heard about ways to ward against burn out, along with a lot of other very worthwhile things! I've realised a few things. I need to find a good GP, The kind I can go to to talk about woman's matters openly and honestly and also to have regular check ups to keep stress at bay, I think I have found that GP which is a bit of a win for me. I need to regularly get a massage to look after my back and shoulders, Tim and I need to re do our budget so we aren't so (sometimes unnecessarily) worried about money, and I need to keep being empowered and assertive to say no to some things. I had a few light bulb moments and it was great. I had some wonderful conversations with old friends and new, and some really hard conversations with some struggling friends. I still have lots of things to think and reflect and pray about but I am feeling a lot more grounded. I am so glad I got to go to this conference and that we didn't get stuck in Adelaide because of the ash cloud! 

The week wrapped up with a very short but wonderful visit to my bestie. We laughed, we cried it was very important to see her. There was also a lovely family dinner to celebrate our brother in laws birthday. It was wonderful to spend time with Tim's family, even if it was just for a little while.

so this week I am grateful to get out of the weekly routine, to meet new people, reconnect with old friends and feel like I have a bit more of a handle on what's going on in my world at the moment, hug family and friends who I usually can't due to distance!
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  1. reconnecting to old friend is something that i need to work on too. glad you did. =)

  2. I am grateful for any little thing that gets me out of my usual routine!! It's so easy to fall into a rut, me thinks. Good for you for finding a way out of yours, Loz. x

  3. Good for you! Such a great post about some very important issues. The biggest reason for our caravan trip is burn out. We have had the worst farming season and we are emotionally and physically suffering. It's time to break the routine and have a family adventure.
    I hope you continue to look after yourself.


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