• Another 100 Days of Good Karma: Day 140 (Practicing Self-Care)


    Friday, November 28, 2014

    Run/ Walk/ Bike/ Elliptical (Today:  0.00 miles;  Running Total: 53.55 miles)

    Day 140 of *Another* 100 Days of Good Karma.

    While I camped out on the couch on Tuesday, watching movies and wishing it were next week so I would be past the worst effects of chemotherapy, I worked ahead as much as possible.

    I wrote several blog posts and set them on timers so I could take a few days off.

    I needed a few days away from deadlines, however self-imposed those deadlines are.

    It occurred to me that this self-care was important for multiple reasons. Everyone needs time off to reevaluate sometimes.

    These are four ways I practice self-care.

    Take time off.

    A few days away from everything has given me rest and reminded me what is important to me.

    Sometimes we get too close, too tangled up in making day to day life work that even the things that are important to us become a burden.

    When the activities that normally give me joy start causing me stress, I know I need to take some time off.

    Know when you’re done.

    There’s only so much anyone can do in any given day.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”

    This is one of my favorite quotes. When I get to the end of the day and feel like I haven’t done everything I should have, I try and keep those words in mind.

    Say ‘no’ to time-sucking activities.

    Ever say ‘yes’ to something because you feel like you should, rather than out of a genuine desire to do the activity? Yeah, me too.

    I’m learning to say ‘no’ though.

    Sometimes you have to do things you don’t like, but by no means should you say ‘yes’ to everything just because you want to spare someone’s feelings.

    Cancer treatment has taught me that I only have so much energy to give in my day. I want to spend the majority of that energy on activities that make me happy.

    Exercise regularly.

    No matter how crappy I feel (and I’ve become something of an expert on feeling crappy), even small amounts of exercise make me feel better.

    I’d prefer to run, but when I can’t a walk around the back yard or around the block has a way of clearing my head.

    Exercise is a natural happy drug. It doesn’t fix every problem, but it helps put things into perspective.

    Today’s silver lining: The time off did the trick.

    I feel so much better for the taking the time to take care of myself. I hope you can find a way to do the same.

    What’s your silver lining today?  I love comments!

    Don’t want to leave a comment, but have something you want to share?  Send me an email at gettingthewordswrong(at)gmail(dot)com.


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