My daughter is expecting her second child in July. This is a wonderful time and a cause for celebration. I am excited for this new addition to our family.
I usually spend a week or so after one of my daughters has given birth, helping them so that they have time to rest and build their strength back. This is a sacred time for her to bond with her child.
I was pondering about this over the last week. We seem in such a hurry to rush women into not only giving birth, but pushing them back into life – work, chores, activities. What we should be doing instead, I think, is allowing them time to do what they are uniquely qualified to do at that time – the continuation of the feeding and nurturing of that new life.
We do this in all aspects of our lives. We rush to finish school, we rush to get a job, we rush to climb the ladder, we rush to find a relationship and start a family.
I’m at a time in my life where I feel like I’m birthing a new part of me. I’ve been in school studying nutritional endocrinology, along with herbs and other aspects of health. I recently did an interview series highlighting other women sharing their stories of creating their lives. They included care and nurturing as part of this journey.
After the interview series aired, I wanted to learn more about you and the others who had watched this series. Through the stories that were shared, I felt a common bond with those trying to create a life that will mean something to the world.
I was tempted at that point to hurry and create more materials to give out. However, I decided to take some time and nourish and nurture myself. Because I created space to do this for myself, I am now energized and am currently in the process of shooting a 3-part video series on “How to Awaken Your True You” – stay tuned!
It is my desire to help nurture and nourish as you produce the beautiful creation that is you.
You are a sacred child that is worthy of taking all the time needed to grow into your skin, to explore the life before you.
Although I am not able to come to your home and spend a week with you, making sure you have the proper foods and time for enough sleep, I would like to share some ideas that I have garnered over my experience raising my own children.
- Find five minutes for yourself. While you might chuckle and say “Only five minutes?”, the reality is that finding where to squeeze that five minutes in might seem like a dream. Remember, though, that this is your sacred time.
While in this space, at first you might just sit there and feel almost blank. But the more you give this gift to yourself, you’ll find that thoughts and feelings start to stir up. This is a great time to get a journal or notebook to write this down.
- Keep yourself hydrated. Again, you might go, “Really? That’s all?” However, at the end of the day you might find that bottle of water you started with good intention in the morning is still half full.
Set an alarm to go off every hour or two reminding you to drink at least one cup of water. You can measure out at the beginning of the day the amount to drink – half your body weight in ounces. So, if you weigh 150 pounds, you can measure out 75 ounces in water.
You can also add tea or herbs to the water, as well as something like lemon or lime slices. This way the water will also include the essence of these foods, contributing to the nourishment of your body.
While there are many other things a person can do, more doesn’t equate to better. Like a child learns to walk one step at a time, it is also the same for us as we create our own nourished life.
Each day on my Facebook page – Feeding Your Health – I include one simple and easy activity you can do that will contribute to your health and well-being. This will not only be for your benefit, but will be appreciated by those that count on you as well.
Together we can all create the space that is needed to nurture and support each other.