Throughout the month of December, I’ll be writing a post a day for the fabulous project Reverb 12.  It’s an opportunity to reflect on the year that’s wrapping up and using the fruits of that reflection to shape the year ahead – in other words, exactly the kind of thing I love to think about!  So, without further ado, here’s today’s prompt.

The Plank: It has been said that you must learn to take care of yourself before you can be effective at taking care of others.  How did you take care of yourself in 2012?  How will you take care of yourself in 2013?

Self-care has been a long, difficult journey.  Like many people with ADHD, I’ve had a hard time prioritizing anything but things that are huge and need to be FIXED RIGHT NOW OR ELSE!!!!!!  That includes: planning, rest, exercise, proper nutrition, alone time, things that are fun…the list, shamefully, goes on.

This year, I took a multiply-pronged approach.  I tried my hardest to maintain my calendar.  I was by no means perfect about my scheduling efforts, but I suffered a minimum of double-bookings and made a minimum of “I’m so sorry, I totally forgot to write that down” apologies.  I’ve been making an effort to walk a couple of miles a day.  I’ve been eating more protein and less refined carbs, which makes my energy and cognition levels soooooo much better.

Next year: I’d like to be more intentional with where I spend my time.  What will I get out of a particular commitment?  Will it feed me, either by being of joyful service or by conferring a tangible benefit somewhere in my life?  If not…it might be time to practice saying no.  Is there something that will feed me, by letting me be of service or bringing me some benefit?  Then I might want to seek it out.

Easier said than done!  But I’m trying.  How have you been caring for yourself this year?