Turn it Off and On Again: Self-Care

Photo: The IT Crowd on BBC

In searching for quotes regarding self-care, I came across this gem:

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.”
– Anne Lamott

Naturally, it reminded me of The IT Crowd - "Have you tried turning it off and on again?"

The quote is, of course, completely right. Sometimes you need to unplug and take care of yourself in order to function.

Parents, women, and people used to caring for others often forget about self-care. You get so wrapped up in taking care of everyone else that you neglect to take care of yourself. If you do too much of this, you end up burning all your matches before you’re even halfway through the day. I’ve made myself ill by continuing to do housework even though I’m emotionally exhausted.

I know I’m not alone. I’ve spoken with friends who describe going through the motions of responsibilities, while thinking they’ll fall over if they do one more thing. There was a time when I said I wished I would get really, really sick, so I’d have to stay in bed for three days. Later, someone pointed out to me that this was also a sign of depression. It’s true, depression is one of my chronic illnesses that make me feel exhausted all the time. But even though I know having three days to just lie in bed would be wonderful, I also know that I would drive myself crazy feeling useless, and end up getting up to do dishes or something.

People with chronic illness are often perceived as lazy. I don’t know about you, but I tend to push myself harder than I should... because I’m aware others might perceive it as being lazy, and I’m  self-conscious of being thought of this way. At the same time, I’ve been told if you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of anyone else. If I push myself to the point of making myself ill, I’ll be down for a lot longer than I would have been, had I just taken a break.

So, turn yourself off and on again every now and then.

Wait, I’m not sure that’s sending the right message. Scratch that last bit. Read this quote instead:

“Self-care is how you take your power back.”
– Lalah Delia

Recharge yourself so you can get back to conquering the world.


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