Caring for our Bodies, From My Kitchen

What must be done?

When you’re ill, and especially on “bad” days, you are forced to decide “What must be done?” You must prioritize things you have to do and let go of things that can wait. It will probably differ for most people, but here is my list of “Must do’s” and the things that can wait.

1. Eat. Since diet is such an integral part of my healing and well-being, I have to cook or at least prepare nutritious food for myself. If I have been feeling well, I may have done some batch cooking and have something stashed away in the freezer, but if not I have to make sure I am eating foods that are not going to make me feel worse (even if it’s easier in that moment) and foods that will give my body what it needs. Having a plan for these kind of days is SO important, even if it just consists of drinking broth and telling your family it’s a “fend for yourself” kind of day.

2. Rest, rest, rest. Take a nap if you can. I know sometimes easier said than done, but if you want to feel better you will have to rest and if you don’t know how to rest then you’ll need to learn. Often it’s not only our bodies that need rest, but our minds too. If you have small children, this may mean asking someone to watch them for a bit, or napping when they nap (or even during their quiet time).

3. Pray. Pray because you need to, because it takes the burden off of you. Just a small prayer, a silent prayer, whatever you can manage. Acknowledge your need for Christ and this is something you can do even while resting.

That’s it. Those are the things that must be done. Everything else can wait. If you don’t take proper care of yourself than you won’t be able to do any other things that might need to be done. So, for very bad days stick to the must do’s. Obviously, if you have very young children you will need help during this time, you won’t be able to do it on your own on these kind of days. If your kids are slightly older and more independent (think-can make their own sandwich) then have them help with things you may need done. They are usually willing and able.

“He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul…” Psalms 23:2,3

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