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sheafrotherdon ([personal profile] sheafrotherdon) wrote on August 27th, 2017 at 07:12 am
My birthday is one week from today, so I'm going to try to make this week a week of reflection. What's working for me? What's not? Where and when am I tired, or feeling overloaded? What can I do to change that? I want to go into my birthday with a clear sense of where I'm at and how I can best care for myself to make this coming year the best it can be.

My therapist told me that she tries to do something good for herself once an hour. This might be as small a thing as drinking a glass of water, or walking around the building to get blood flowing, but I love the idea of self-care not just being something we do when we've hit a wall, but something we build mindfully into our whole day. Water is a big one for me - the past few days I haven't drunk enough of it and really noticed. And I think I could easily make sure I walk 250 steps every hour. And doing my exercises for my ankle is another thing I can do wherever I am - yesterday, while checking in participants to the big program I've been working on, I would stand around when idle and go up and down on my toes, which is a great strengthening exercise.

Anyway, all this by way of saying - I want to be mindful and intentional about the trajectory my life is on, and reflecting this week will be part of it. Reading this [On Being post] about money and breaking and rebuilding is a good start.

Yesterday went well (except for me going home early because I felt overwhelmed and exhausted - see "not drinking enough water" and not caring for myself, above). All our participants checked in, and we celebrated them and distributed t-shirts and water bottles (see, we thought about *other* people drinking enough water :) ) and got people settled. Today's their first activity, out on the prairie, and I hope they have fun. I have some responsibilities today, but not until 4pm, so I can have a leisurely day until then.

I made myself a whole pot of tea this morning, and it's cool and calm outside. I'm going to put all fresh bed linens on my bed, and treat myself to a long, luxurious shower. I'm going to empty the dishwasher and refill it, and I'm going to do some organizing around my house. I have a bit of laundry to do, and a bit of work to catch up on, but I think today could be lovely.

Wishing you lovely days, too!
 
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