This issue of Natural Awakenings celebrates women’s health along with Mother’s Day. It’s a time to refl ect not only on our own lives, but on our mothers, sisters, daughters and daughters-in-law, as well. And a shout out to our guy readers who are nurturing their children equally, as well.
The key, I think, is balance, which is not always easy. Family almost always comes first, but there are also work responsibilities, volunteer obligations — many other issues that can distract us from taking the time for ourselves. Just think about scheduling (which is what we do) one day just for yourself. Get a massage or a facial, or a manicure and pedicure. Hurting? Try acupuncture or even special lotions and soaps, if you haven’t already. Just take a day off!
You’ll fi nd several articles in this issue to help jump start your self-care, and some great ideas for celebrating Mother’s Day with your family. Christine MacDonald’s article on balancing life events is especially poignant, as she interviews athlete and model Gabrielle Reece. Good thoughts there.
Keeping our pets happy and well is also part of the nurturing syndrome, and you’ll find some tips in Jennifer Kachnich’s article about why dogs hide their pain. You might be surprised to learn about this trait—that showing pain shows weakness, something dogs won’t do.
Be sure to check out our Calendar of Events. There’s so much to do here in Sarasota/Manatee/Charlotte counties. The snowbirds are leaving, but the activities remain for those of us staying year-round. And please let us know of new opportunities for learning and sharing during the summer months.
It’s spring and beautiful in Southwest Florida!
Janet Lindsay, publisher