Notes coming at you a day late – you will see why later in the post.
Episode #81: Getting Through Tough Times
Who knew I’d still be needing my own tips after this episode was released? More on that later, but here were my 5 main points – in part inspired by your comments on this post.
1- You can temporarily be excused from habits if they do not serve you during a period of time.
- example: post baby, getting up early may not serve you.
- workout regimen during high-stress times – even athletes practice seasonality
2- Simple self-care means a lot. Some of this is as basic as they come.
- FOOD. One day I subsisted on stale chips, graham crackers and peanut butter. I DIDN’T HAVE TO! If you know you are going into a hard week, plan in advance.
- Frozen meals
- Snacks. Bring a week’s worth into work.
- Hydration. Pay attention, it will backfire if you don’t with a headache
- SLEEP. yes, this may limit your ability to do ‘extras’. It’s worth it. PRE PLAN to prioritize sleep so you won’t feel guiliy about making a trade off.
3- Ask others for help + be very clear in what you are hoping for, don’t make people guess
- I could have preplanned more childcare. I didn’t – and was not the most patient with my kids.
4- Don’t be afraid to say no if someone is asking for favors during a hard week. Don’t make things harder than they already are. Don’t agree to do something the very first moment you are free, either.
5- If things feel like they are accumulating, start a separate list. Call it “after the storm” or something.
- Can capture everything and perhaps make a time slot on your calendar to then assign / plan out the catch up.
- Try very hard to have S P A C E on the agenda after a heavy work period. I struggle with this.
6- If possible – plan in some future rejuvenating time. BLOCK IT OUT NOW.
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We are back from Disney! We had a fun time and made some great memories. Am I a Disney-holic who needs to go frequently? Definitely not — every few years is about right for us. It’s so expensive and crowded, and there are other trips I’d rather be taking most of the time. BUT, I also admit it has its charms and is drivable in half a day from our house – about 3.5 hours. Will share more pix + details in a later post.
I did not plan on picking up norovirus (I’m assuming) while there, but . . . well. Best laid plans, right? I woke up yesterday morning with horrible GI symptoms and somehow passed out on the carpet hitting my nose attempting to get back to the bed. I had to cancel my clinic + move patients (no one would have wanted to see me in that state). My GI symptoms gradually improved throughout the day and I think I’m essentially over it BUT G was up multiple times with the same thing and now of course I fear that it will run through the entire house.
Deep breath, follow my own advice, one day at a time.
Yesterday’s small victory: I still didn’t feel very well and told the kids I wasn’t going to be able to put together the Valentine’s Day treasure hunt we usually do. Annabel immediately volunteered to do it, and did an excellent job!! I was so proud, it was a highlight.
Josh and I didn’t do anything to celebrate but we are hoping for a makeup date later on, perhaps when no one has norovirus . . .