Anybody who’s been to a spa would know that it’s something they should do more often. In our stress-ridden world, a couple of hours of massage, facial or body treatments can strip away weeks or even months of strain and tension.
Mothers especially need this pampering now and then. Often times, the role of coddling falls squarely on Mom’s shoulders with the rest of the family forgetting that she, too, needs to be pampered.
Some salon time to get her a fresh coat of manicure and an updated hairdo or a little “me” time for some unwinding without the kids demanding for attention can do wonders for her well-being. But taking care of our bodies is just one half of the story. We need to care for our spirits as well.
The Holy Book gives dispenses valuable wisdom when it says, “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones” (Proverbs 17:22).
So, moms, do schedule your massages and appointments with the parlor but don’t forget to treat yourselves to a regular dose of soul spa.
How can you get this treat for your spirit? Follow these practical prescriptions:
Go to Mass or a Worship Service. Most of us do this to fulfill our Sunday obligation. But going to Mass on a weekday? Try it and see what it does for your soul. Even better if you can start your day with an early Mass or service so you can face the day refreshed and blessed. You’ll be surprised at how you will find inspiration or even an answer to a problem you’ve been mulling about from the scripture or the priest’s homily.
Read the Bible. Some people call it the Manual for Life and rightly so. You’ll be amazed at the variety of topics that these holy pages cover. Yes, you’ll find the teachings of Jesus Christ and the epistles of His apostles. But did you know that the Big Book also discusses practical matters like table etiquette, the characteristics of an ideal wife and even care in choosing friends and associates?
Forgive your enemies. It was actor-writer Malachy McCourt who said, “Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.” Research yields mounting evidence that when you forgive, health benefits include lower blood pressure, stress reduction, lower heart rate and decreased anxiety and depression symptoms.
These are just some of the things you can do to care for your spirit. And you’ll be amazed at how it will benefit your body as well.
About the Author Rissa Singson-Kawpeng is the editor-in-chief of Kerygma magazine and is the author of the bestselling book Confessions of an Impatient Bride. Having married in her late 30s, she is an inspiration to women who not just want to get married and feel they’re over the hill but also to those who want to have children and think they’re body clock has gone past midnight. She is a mother of two girls — toddler Charlize and newborn Erin.