Storms can produce a great deal of chaos, often blowing in unexpectedly and wreaking havoc on the peacefulness and order we’d been experiencing. They’re intrusive, violent, and beyond our control.
When I was little, my siblings and I knew the best hiding spot during an infamous Midwestern thunderstorm. We’d crawl into the small guest bathroom with blankets, flashlights, and books, armed with all we’d need to stay in there for the long haul. We knew it was more important to take care of ourselves than to continue whatever we had been doing, whether it’d been productive or not.
As we get older, we find that the storms of life are not purely weather-related. We soon discover that no one is exempt from experiencing a season of hardship that invades our sense of order and challenges our peace. These difficult experiences can feel intrusive, violent, and far beyond our control. And yet, unlike the priority my siblings and I set of taking care of ourselves during a thunderstorm, so many of us continue to push through the storms of life without making any changes in our behavior for the good of our self or our family.
Self-care can be difficult to practice but, in doing so, the storms lose a little bit of their power. Here are ten ways we can take care of ourselves when the storms of life hit:
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