So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
—1 Corinthians 10:31
In our ambitious, fast-paced lives, self-care usually takes the back seat. It gets overtaken by other needs and leaves you feeling exhausted. Do your shoulders feel constantly tense from stress? Or are you scarfing down unhealthy food because you have no time to cook?
Taking care of yourself is so important. It’s important enough that we need to get in the habit of doing it every single day. Once you start taking care of yourself, you’ll notice that you’re more effectively able to work and to care for others. This will become so vital once you bring home your baby through adoption!
Taking a long and leisurely walk around the neighborhood with your spouse is a great tradition to start. You’ll not only be getting exercise, but you’ll also be re-connecting with your husband or wife. Plus, it’s a tradition you can continue once you adopt! Long walks benefit both your mind and body; they’ve been known to help clear the mind of anxious thoughts.
To begin taking care of yourself physically, just make a few small changes. You’ll soon start to see big results! Here are a few examples of small things you can do: stretch at night before you go to bed, add kale to your smoothie, or drink more water. Once you’ve made a few smaller changes, you will be ready for bigger ones, such as attending a class at your gym or beginning a healthy eating plan. And, of course, go on long walks. There are so many methods to take care of yourself; it’s about finding what works for you.
Once you’ve started your journey towards self-care and a healthy lifestyle, you’ll be encouraged to keep going! Remember that your health is a blessing during your adoption process; one that deserves care and attention.