As some of you probably already know, I have some ongoing health issues that have been pretty bad over the past few years. I am happy to say that I think that my health is finally settling down a bit and I am hoping that means I get more of my writing mojo back. However, I still need to take care of myself and be sure not to overdo it, something that I have struggled with my whole life. In fact, on my birthday I went to get a tarot card reading (because hey it was my 40th birthday!) and asked for reading on my health. Overall it was very positive, only small issues seem to be in my future this year, except I got a card saying that I needed to focus on resting and relaxing to keep my health in balance. The cards knew!
So how I am I going to learn to take better care of myself? Well changes are being made in the day job arena. Getting out of a bad for me situation will work wonders for my health. I am also taking time each day to read and rest, even if I am behind on writing. I am learning to say no. That is something else that I struggle with. I am mostly taking the weekends off from writing and exercising. Basically I am making myself a priority.
I am also still trying to organize my writing more, making myself more productive and still having time for other things in my life. I love writing and I have tons to do this year, but I can't write if I let my health get the better of me.
So last week I posted about trying to learn to take more time for myself and to stop working such crazy hours between the day job and writing. I am still working on some writing on the weekends, though I am taking a good amount of time off on the weekend as well. So that is progress. Now I am trying not to work so many hours during the week. Now the day job has a set amount of hours, but I am trying to limit myself to 5-6 hours at night. Basically I am trying to knock off work by 11 at night and do something just for myself while I wait for the hubby to come home. Lately I am trying to read, I am in the process of re-reading It by Stephen King, and playing video games. Let's see if I can stick to this more realistic schedule and see if it help both my physical and mental health. I have a theory that lessening my writing time might make me more productive over all, so I am keeping track of all my writing work this month to see how I do. All I know is that this past year I have been working myself into the ground and I need to learn some balance. Wish me luck!
So I have not been as consistent with my yoga and exercise programs of late. Stress and life have been getting in my way and my health and sanity are suffering for it. So it's great that this month Yoga with Adriene offered this handy schedule to help me "Begin Again" as it says. So I am committing to 31 days of yoga this month. Yes I know that this is my third challenge for the month (drawlloween and writing a page a day being the other two), but I think that I can do it. By making some manageable goals I think it will only help to improve my life and make me more productive. Please feel free to join this or any of the challenges with me!
I have a hard time taking time off, relaxing, and taking care of myself. This has been brought up to me by a couple different friends of late. Not only am I working five days a week at the day job, but I am also putting in about 60 hours in writing and art work. That means that it's all work and no play for Sheri. Sure every once in awhile I go to the movies with my husband, but I work before and after usually. And yeah I take some time to exercise and keep the house running, but I really don't take time for fun. This is something that I am going to work on for the rest of the year.
The problem is I don't really know what to do with myself when I'm not working. My husband and I work completely different schedules, so I am on my own a lot and without the car as he has it. That means I'm at home and working. I feel guilty when I don't work and I feel like I need to put in a full day of writing work even after working at the day job. This pace is starting to wear my already not so great health down. I need to take some breaks, but I truly don't know how. How can I just watch tv or play video games when I know there is writing I should do? I don't know.
I am however going to start trying to take the weekend mostly off. I will be running errands, cleaning my house, spending time with my husband and family. Maybe we will see more movies, go hiking, go bowling, you know do stuff. Maybe that is what I need to focus on, doing stuff rather than writing and working all the time. After all, all work and no play makes Sheri a dull women and dull women have nothing to write about.
Wish me luck on learning to relax from time to time and also share tips on how you relax and fit it into your busy schedule below. I believe there is always so much that we can learn from each other.
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