Taking Care of Yourself (after difficult times)

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This year has probably been my most challenging to date, but the past few weeks have been extremely difficult. After months in and out of the hospital and a week in hospice, my father passed away on Monday (Halloween) at 2:35 in the morning. For quite some time, I was not taking care of myself. I was trying to balance helping my dad, being a good daughter to my mom, being the mother my children needed, and attempting to be a great wife. My dad’s service was this past weekend, so I spent the few days prior putting together a DVD slideshow, a photo bulletin board, music CD, and various other elements of the celebration of his life.

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I know the grieving process will be a long journey, but right now, it’s time for me to focus on myself. It also happens to be my 37th birthday today. In all the chaos of the past few weeks, it was quite easy to lose track of time, but I’m ready to make myself a priority again. Here are ideas for taking care of yourself after difficult times. These include feeling balanced emotionally (enjoying nature, spending time with friends, feeling inspired) and physically (good food, hydration, Nature Made® vitamins and supplements).

SURROUND YOURSELF WITH NATURE

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There’s a certain sense of peace you can only really find when you connect with nature. I went with my husband and friend to Miami Beach to watch the sun rise over the horizon. The water was a beautiful shade of sea green and the shore was filled with seagulls. It was a lovely experience.

ENJOY RETAIL THERAPY

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I know that seems basic, but after a loss or difficult times in general, it’s hard to begin to put yourself first. I had to buy a dress for the service to celebrate my dad’s life, so I brought my two oldest friends along who were visiting to provide me with support. I picked out a gorgeous dress and new makeup, and although the reasons may have been sad, it was really nice to feel put-together again.

EAT A GOOD MEAL

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Food is very comforting to me. After our sunrise on Miami Beach, we went for Cuban food, and I enjoyed some of my favorites, huevos rancheros and tostones. We sat outside and enjoyed the light breeze and conversation. Generally I eat a very clean diet, but sometimes it’s nice to treat yourself to some of your favorites.

EXPERIENCE INSPIRATIONAL ARTWORK

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In the Miami area, there’s a neighborhood called Wynwood. It’s a newly-renovated, hip, urban part of town known for its beautiful murals on the sides of buildings and inspirational quotes on the sidewalks. It was nice to stroll up and down the streets and take in the artwork (and a few photos, too).

TAKE CARE OF YOUR PHYSICAL WELL-BEING

adult-gummiesEspecially during difficult times, when we may not have time to exercise or prepare meals from-scratch, we need to remember to still take care of our bodies. Staying hydrated and taking vitamins and supplements are key. Nature Made® is the #1 Pharmacist Recommended brand for many key dietary supplement categories.* Nature Made® has a variety of vitamins, minerals and supplements (VMS) to help support nutritional gaps with your health goals in mind ranging from Digestive Support, Heart Health & Function, Energy Metabolism, Women’s Health and much more!† Nature Made® vitamins and supplements are an easy, convenient way to help your body get the nutritional support it needs every day, whether it be to support bone health, immune health or energy metabolism (helping convert food into energy).†

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About Carrie Wells, Ed.D.

Dr. Carrie Wells is a college instructor, blogger, wife, and work-at-home mother to two children, Lydia (age 7) and Bryce (age 5). Carrie earned her doctorate in Special Education in 2008. After becoming a mother in 2009, Carrie began blogging as Huppie Mama to share her passions for cooking, crafting, beautifying, and her family. In 2016, she rebranded as Our Potluck Family, and her husband Richard became a regular contributor.
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