Self-Care: A Cautionary Tale

I didn’t eat breakfast.

I drank caffeine.

I didn’t take my meds.

I stared at the computer screen all day.

I reread a beautiful, but sad book.

I cried hand-clamping tears.

I had a late lunch.

I didn’t get dressed until 4 PM.

I fought with my husband.

I looked things up online by only the light of my phone.

I went to bed too late.


I awoke at 5:45 to the crash of thunder,
the wind whirling,
the rain pummeling.
Mother Nature matching my disconcertment.
Trees torn from their roots,
leaves littering the ground –
a mess of downed limbs and debris.
But soon the sun is shining,
the water a glaze of calm.


Jennifer Butler Basile

Still, my head is in a vice.
My stomach churns.
There is much recovery to be done.

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  1. Sheri

     /  August 4, 2015

    Thinking of you amidst the storm.

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  2. ppdisland

     /  August 4, 2015

    Jen, this was me yesterday. sometimes you make strides, then seemingly out of the blues you are bogged down from all corners, yet the knowledge that the sun does shine after the storm, keeps me going. Hang in there dear mommy. Hugs to you.

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  3. A timely reminder. Self care can be so straight forward but we let it slip. Food, sleep, daylight, fresh air and meds all key for me too in dealing with anxiety. You will come through it. May I re blog?

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  4. Reblogged this on running not racing and commented:
    Running helps me to cope with anxiety and I liked this post from Pass the Potatoes very much as a timely reminder of how important it is for us all to look after ourselves and how the basics of eating and sleeping make a big difference



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