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Caring for Yourself; You Deserve It!
An interesting book came to my attention the other day. The subject is
taking care of yourself. This was something that was difficult for me to
learn when I was a young woman. I was sort of forced into it in my late
thirties due to overwork and stress. I wish I have been able to put it
into effect earlier, when my children were small.
If you are reading this, man or woman, it's probable that you are the chief
cook and bottle washer at your house (or at least the head chef). That,
and what usually goes with it, is a demanding, stressful, never-ending job.
To do it lovingly, joyfully and well means caring for yourself too.
How do you do this? Writing about this new book titled
"Self-Nurture", Editor Erica Jorgensen tells us:
'Alice Domar, Ph.D., is the director of
Harvard Medical School's Mind/Body Center for Women's Health and is the author
of "Self-Nurture: Learning to Care for Yourself as Effectively as You Care for
Everyone Else." She appeared in the news two weeks ago for her work with
infertile women. In a study, she counseled infertile women about
stress-management techniques in group therapy, and after one year the group's
pregnancy rate increased by 35 percent.
In "Self-Nurture," Domar presents another yearlong program-- one that she
developed for all women so that they can learn to take care of themselves while
juggling work and family demands. It's analogous to oxygen masks on
an airplane-- if you, the adult, don't put your mask on first and help yourself,
it will be impossible for you to help the loved ones on board with you, and
you'll all suffer. She writes, "'Self-Nurture' is a yearlong stress
manager for women. It offers specific guidance for handling the stresses
that plague you, but the goal of every exercise and method is self-nurturance.
It is a practical book, mapping greater awareness and self-care from one season
to the next. I offer this book as a balm for today's over-extended,
under-appreciated, self-esteem-challenged women. While so many of us
present smart, tough fronts to the world, we still suffer from grave
insecurities and unfulfilled dreams. Psychiatrist Alexander Lowen once commented
that we can only rise up if we allow ourselves to let down, and women who
self-nurture will rise up with renewed strength and confidence. "
It should be noted that while Domar's book was written specifically with
women in mind, she's heard from dozens of men-- some of them at her book
signings-- who've said "Self-Nurture" was also invaluable to them as
they seek to find balance in life.'
Read an article on stress management
by the author, Alice Domar; it gives you an idea of what this book is about and
what it (and you) can do to make you happier and more effective.
This is the kind of book that can make a real difference in one's life.