As a nurse, I create care plans, as a doula and childbirth educator, I develop birth plans. And throughout my time caring for an individual, I’m required to constantly assess to decide if what we’re doing is helping, harming, or wasting time. Assessing helps us identify discrepancies and if found, we revise the plan. The point is, don’t just look after and provide for the needs of our patients, we make plans to give serious attention or consideration to doing something correctly or to avoid damage or risk. We don’t just wing it. If you think about it, the same model exists in business. They create policies, procedures, and quality assurance plans. Creating a plan provides you with a direction to ensure you’re addressing your needs in a holistic way.
We are more important than the quality of our products, equipment, and/or services.
My view of self-care changed a couple of years ago when I was asked to create a couple of simple quality assurance policies and procedures for a major birth center. As I developed the documents and templates, I heard a little voice say, “you’re putting more effort into managing the level of quality produced by this business than you are into managing the level of quality produced by yourself.”
And that’s when I created My Personal Policy, identified My Personal Procedures, and began assessing My Personal Quality by documenting on My Personal Quality Control logs.
Whether we are women managing our household, working outside of the home, or independently sharing our MomNiche, we tend to put more effort into the systems that break us down than the Divine System that keeps us going. We are 3-dimensional beings and that’s like managing a corporation. As Aida Cirino-Lee, Holistic Health Practioner, and one of our Peaceful Women put it, become the CEO of your health.
Women tell me all the time, “I don’t have time for myself.”
POTTY TIME could still be considered YOUR TIME.
If I can sit a laboring woman on the toilet to relax her pelvis and release her tension to progress labor, surely us nonpregnant women could benefit from our potty-time.
During college, at work, and throughout motherhood, the restroom has helped me renew my energy, reclaim my sanity and my personal quality.
Quick Centering Moment:
- Sit (on your sitting bones)
- Plant your feet a little wider than your hips
- Straighten your back
- Rollback and drop your shoulders
- Release and Relax your:
- °Lower abdomen
- °Shoulders (drop ’em low)
- °Face (jaw & eyebrows)
Take 5-10 deep breaths.
Women enter into a season of life where they reflect more, ask questions, and envision a new way of life.
They no longer want to conform to the ways of their old world, they desire change.
This can be exciting and fearful.
The excitement comes by thinking about what will be birthed on the other side.
The fear comes by thinking about the labor to be experienced between the old and new way of life.
Labor is a marathon, not a sprint.
This is why learning how to care for ourselves is so important.
We’re laboring through life ladies. It’s normal and it will be ok!
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