Pre-Deployment Pampering – Tip #429
If you are one of the primary care givers in your relationships and family then you are often so busy making check lists, running around trying to cram in special events, lasts of everything and anything, and preparing family and friends for their departure that you probably forget to take care of yourselves and before you know it, they are deployed and there is no time to take care of you. Self care is undervalued and we often put ourselves last. This is a mistake as when we are feeling better, more rested and sane, those we look after will be the same. We will have more patience, attend to things faster and more efficiently and have a more positive outlook which rubs off on others.
Things to do for yourself before they’re deployed:
Go out to dinner or lunch with a group of friends
Get a pedicure or manicure
Go to someone else’s house for dinner
Get take out that you like
Sign up for a course you’ve always wanted to take
Go to the movies and maybe stay for another one afterwards
Have a long bath and take a book or magazine with you, put a sign that says “Only disturb if you see blood or vomit”
Call friends or family members and have a good long chat
Take a personal day or book a day off and do nothing but put your feet up
Go through photos or other piles you have been dying to get to
The bottom line is that you need to take time before they leave to pamper, renew and treat yourself as a deployment is filled with doing a lot of things for other people and you will be better for everyone around you if you are somewhat rested heading into it.
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