As parents who work to facilitate learning/therapies for our kids who live with autism, we tend to put ourselves last. I am no exception to this, and I fight the struggle of achieving a balance of priorities in my life regularly. After all, getting through the day in our sort of household is about prioritizing, right? I have come to realize over the years that what it really takes for me to feel happy is to have a state of balance in my life.
My 7 personal must - haves for achieving a sense of well - being and balance
1. Getting good sleep and proper rest
2. Nurturing my marriage, family relationships and friendships
3. Daily/weekly physical activity - Going for walks, being in the sun, breathing fresh air, stretching
4. Seeking counseling support services when necessary
5. Staying plugged in to my autism support group/networks – seeking and providing support
6. Taking vitamins and necessary medications daily7. Staying connected to my creative/spiritual outlets – personal development and achieving self-fulfillment from the things I love to do.
So take that time out for yourself weekly, and daily and do something that brings happiness to you every single day. If you wait for some point in the future to do this, you may realize that you’ve spent days carrying on and not having done anything for yourself that makes you happy – how fair is this to our kids? I see this as equally important to doing everything else on the priority list. It took me some time to finally get to this point where I am making this a priority. It takes effort every day to keep it on my conscious and I am much more happy and fulfilled now. I have found my balance and will continue to work on keeping it daily. I will close off and wish you happy trails in finding your personal balance and share one of my favorite quotes: “When Mama’s not happy, ain’t nobody happy.”
To new beginnings!