When life gets busy, I focus on what is most urgent (the phone call that must be made, the report that must be written, the class that must be covered). It makes me very productive. But that efficiency comes at the cost of my personal life and well-being. I often and neglect the things that matter most but don't have the same level of urgency--like writing my blog posts, exercising, and sleeping well.
I've have done my best this summer to put self-care at the top of the priority list. Here's some of the things I am celebrating:
Getting enough sleep at night is still a challenge. Right now, I am reading a trashy novel that I just can't put down--even after midnight has come and gone. Combined with my sleep apnea that wakes me up every few hours, I am not getting the 7-8 hours of sleep I need.
But I have a new apnea device, and hopefully it will be working within the next few weeks after a period of adjustment. And Grey will be finished within a week or so. Then, I will try once more to get back to a good bedtime routine. In the meantime, I am celebrating a bunch of self-care victories!
I spent a decade in Philadelphia. I moved there shortly after graduating from college and left after my divorce was finalized ten years later. Most of those ten years were spent in the heart of the city. But for the two years that I worked at Bryn Mawr College, I lived in the suburbs. During that time, I discovered this little pond on the campus of nearby Cabrini College. There usually were families of ducks living in the pond, and I saw many ducklings take their first swims in it.
I’ve been writing in a journal for years. It gives me an opportunity to reflect on life, count my blessings, figure out the root causes of some of my words and actions, and develop plans for living my life to the fullest. One habit I have developed over the last few months is to focus my Monday morning journal writing on my gratitude list.
Here’s what came up this past Monday:
I am grateful for the baking soda that seems to be killing the fungus that appeared on my houseplant. I think had been giving it a little too much water, which made a nice breeding ground for the fungus. There’s nothing like home-based remedies found online. Thanks people for sharing your wisdom.
Fourth of July is a time for celebrating our nation's independence. I'm also grateful for the following:
Friday, June 26 was a busy day for me. I had a packed agenda as usual. I got up, spent some alone time writing, reading the Bible and connecting my mind and heart with the Divine. Then I went for a run and got ready for work. I had meetings until 5 pm, when I went to have dinner and spend time with two college friends and their families. I got home just as it drew dark—around 9 pm. My day had been so full that I didn’t check out social media all day. I missed the celebrations that broke out after the Supreme Court’s big decision on gay marriage.
Crystal Moore began her wellness quest in 2003 after being diagnosed with lupus. Her quest has led her to embrace yoga, faith, exercise, healthy eating, and relationships. Share her journey.