Firewood Chores Are Self-Care

Hey everybody, Liz Miller here in Moscow, Idaho. I’m a marriage and trauma therapist. But, today I’m out here dealing with all of this firewood. Actually, it’s a tiny portion of my firewood for the year. It’s not exactly what I felt like doing today. What I really wanted to be doing was being curled up on the couch with my dog and a good book, maybe taking a hot bath, having a snooze, and really taking it easy. But, this firewood isn’t going to stack itself, as they say, and so part of what I needed to do for myself today was to get out here and plug away at it, so that when the snow flies I’m all set to go.

What is Self-Care?

And, it got me thinking about the nature of self-care, and the things we do to take care of ourselves. And, you know, sometimes it is curling up on the couch with a good book, or having a special date night with our spouse or partner, or really resting when we need to. That’s important. It’s also important, though, to do the things we need to do for ourselves. We need to stack firewood sometimes, or whatever your version of firewood is. Doing the things that set us up for the coming days, weeks, and months. Getting chores knocked out that will support the rest of our lives.

Sometimes Doing Chores is Self-Care

And, sometimes doing those things is self-care. So I don’t know what it is for you today, what your version of firewood is, or maybe it is a rest day for you. Whatever it is, I hope that you get just the right balance of taking really good care of yourself and giving yourself some TLC, and taking care of the things that you know help support you in your life.

Whatever it is, I hope you get what you need today, and thanks for watching!