Filling in for Brad this week is his wife, Kelli.

Filling in for Brad this week is his wife, Kelli.

Each day I watch my husband try to be “that guy.” A good Father, Step Father, Husband, Son, Brother, Uncle, and employee. I watch him struggle at times, but I know he will always stand proud and move forward, simply because, it is what is expected of him. This weekend, his body had other plans for him. We’re still not quite sure what hit him, but his body had decided…enough. He was tired and his body was not taking “no” for an answer. I know the blog weighs heavy on his mind when he doesn’t have one ready to go when Sunday rolls around each week. As he rests, I thought I might write something about what might help a grieving parent that he hasn’t covered yet, self care.

Taking time to rest, to de-stress, to care for ones self is not selfish. It truly is a necessity. Your brain and your body can only take so much. There is nothing wrong with “shutting down” for a bit. There is nothing wrong with taking a big deep breath and truly relaxing on the couch under a blanket and resting. For a day, or two (or three…if it happens to be Memorial Day Weekend.) Don’t think, don’t worry, and you’ll be shocked to find, the world will not come to an end. Listen to your body when it tells you it’s tired, and let it rest. Relax, nap on and off and have ice cream for dinner. Don’t plan on unpacking and living in this comfortable place, as life will keep moving and you’ll eventually have to jump back into the rat race, but it’s ok to take a step back and hide under the covers for a bit. Take time to replenish your energy and care for yourself mind, body and soul.

Looking forward to Brad returning next week, hopefully rejuvenated and raring to go.

*In honor of Memorial Day, we’d like to say “Thank you” to the families who celebrate the memory of a loved one today who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. We appreciate you and will never forget to honor your loved one today and every day.

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