This week’s topic for self-care Sunday is focused on reflection. Prayer, meditation, quiet time, journaling, call it what you want. When you live with a chronic illness, putting time into reflection time is key to maintaining your overall emotional health. So this week, that is what we are focusing on, adding time in our busy lives, daily, for reflection.
Reflection and quiet
Finding time to reflect means finding time for quiet. It means making a point to stop from our busy lives. Stop running all over the place and just breath. In. Out. In. Out. In. Out. Trust me, of all the words I’d use to describe my home, quiet is certainly not one of them. So this week, I made it a point, every single day, to quiet my mind, focus my breathing, and turn my face to the Lord. It wasn’t easy, but I made it a priority
Living with a chronic illness is a very humbling experience. Normally we live our lives, feeling like we actually have some control over them. I cross things off my to-do list like a ninja, feeling proud of all I have accomplished. When the reality is that all we accomplish, everything we think we “control” is because of Him. Taking the time for reflection with a chronic illness reminds me that I don’t have control. It reminds me that if I am going to live the best life I can, it will only happen if I turn my life, chronic illness and all, over to Him.
So this week, I’d like to encourage you to take some time for reflection. Take some time to sit quietly and listen with your heart. Offer up a prayer when you feel pain (which I’m sure you and I both know will probably be quite often). I know, it can be hard to focus when your joints are screaming and pain is radiating out your fingertips. But when that happens to me, I focus my mind on my heart, beating steady and strong. I focus on listing the things that I can do, one by one, in my mind until I am able to push the pain to the back of my mind and steady my breath.
This week, I’d like to challenge you to focus on adding some reflection to your self-care routine. Start small, a moment here or a moment there. If you don’t know where to begin, here are some prompts that you may find a helpful place to start.
Grab a journal, a few sheets of paper, or whatever you have lying around and just get started:
If there is one thing you can’t imagine living without, what would it be?
When I am in pain (physical or emotional) what is the kindest thing I can do for myself?
Make a list of the people in your life who genuinely support you and who you trust. How can you make them feel special this week?
I really wish others knew this about me….
Using 10 words, describe yourself. Why did you chose those words? How does this make you feel about yourself?
Until next time, remember to be good to yourself and take a little time each day for self-care.