Welcome to the United Church of Sun City
On Sundays, our Parish Nurse, Lisa Dunbar, will be taking blood pressures at the front of the sanctuary at 11:30 a.m. after the coffee fellowship. Everyone is welcome.
Greetings from your Parish Nurse! About six months ago my sister and I planned a “getaway” together in Williamsburg, VA for mid-September. We didn’t make any concrete plans other than our lodging and car rental. For the rest of the trip we decided to “wing it.” We ended up having a wonderful, relaxing time with no deadlines and no expectations. We walked, swam, shopped, and brushed up on a little history in the area. We also watched the DVDs for a 6- week Bible Study that a mutual friend had shared with us. I was amazed at how refreshing and revitalizing that time was! Being able to talk honestly, to have quiet time, physical exercise, and just “hanging out” with my sister whom I consider one of my best friends.
One of the reasons it was so meaningful was because I had recently returned from caring for my sister-in-law after surgery where she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Caring for her in this time of need was a bonding experience in our relationship. We were able to cry a bit and laugh a bit, as well as dealing with day to day chores and all the implications that this diagnosis brings. She was very brave and is doing well, though the difficult road ahead seems to be a fairly long one.
I was honored to be able to care for her, and to be a part of her support network, but at the same time, it depleted more energy, physical, spiritual and mental strength than I realized. It was only as I was refreshed in VA that I realized what a toll it had taken.
Many of us are in the role of caregiver, part- or full-time. It is a very important role, and one in which we “rise to the occasion” when needed. But, don’t forget that we also need to nurture ourselves to replenish our own resources.
Nurturing ourselves is our monthly goal in our work toward RESILIENCE. It can mean different things to different individuals. Nurturing ourselves may be going to a concert, or reading a good book with no interruptions. It may be a walk in the outdoors after the rain, or a hike in the mountains. It may be a quiet time at home, or a “getaway” alone or with a close companion. Whatever it is make sure you take time for it. If we ignore our need to refresh and refill our resources, it begins to take a mental, spiritual and physical toll on our bodies and our lives. Don’t feel guilty about taking a little time for yourself, but do something that refills you—spirit, mind and body. Enjoy.