take care of yourself first and recovery will follow
|March 6, 2012||Posted by simply stephen under change||
Today (now yesterday) started out to be a tough one.
My body still feels the after effects of long term depression. The stress and anxiety. The debt built up during a time when I couldn’t work.
There is a mystery behind my illness. It includes a chronic fatigue of unknown sources. It comes and goes. It does not always seem to be attached to diet or exercise. The doctors never find or give me a reason. The cumulative power of poor diet due to a limited budget, energy and exercise (along with the physical strain due to my illness) has paid it’s toll.
But, I’m a trooper. I am going to be healthy and in charge of my own destiny.
I had one of those headaches today. One of those, that make you feel like throwing up. A migraine. My body felt like jelly. My energy was low. I tried exercise and food to stave it off…but to no avail.
I’ve been trying to make sure I take care of myself. I’m very motivated to make sure I get something achieved each and every day of my life.
So, I took my own advice.
I had promised myself, starting in March I would start an exercise regiment and make it a permanent habit. My answer for this is the 100 push up challenge and the 200 squat challenge. I have done it before and it really works in only 6 weeks. Give it a go, it’s actually a nice gentle way to get back in shape and build good strong habits (with muscles to boot).
But that isn’t where I’m going with this.
I’ve mentioned before, if you are having a hard time getting motivated to get anything done…just try one thing.
Well…I did something different instead.
I like to get a relatively early start on the day and try to make sure I am working by 8-9am after taking care of the other stuff. You know bathroom, teeth, exercise routine, putting on clothes, breakfast and oh, yeah, I love my coffee. Nice fresh organic coffee made in a french press. Yum.
So, after getting ready and starting work…I reassessed.
I decided it was smart to take care of myself and lay down for a power snooze at 11 am.
That helped a little bit but not enough, so I grabbed a bite to eat. That helped a bit more but I finally gave in and took an advil and had another nap.
Finally at around 2:30 I was up and feeling a bit better.
And than I took my advice.
Just get one thing done.
I had also made a commitment to myself to do 1 hour of social media every day of March, since I’ve been neglecting it over the last few months (really I was reassessing where and what I wanted to do). I’ve also dedicated Monday as my Social Media Day.
So I did it.
Well actually…I went crazy for a few hours and did just one thing. Social Media. For an hour. That lead to 3 hours. That lead to a great article on something that has been bothering me for a while…if you drop back to the site, it will probably be posted next week. I’m letting it simmer for the time being.
Than I wrote this article.
So following several pieces of my advice has really worked.
- Take care of yourself first.
- Stick with your commitments.
- Just do one thing.
One thing, lead to another, which lead to another…and I had a really productive day.
You can too.
Just do one thing.
Keep at it.
Before you know it, you will start to be productive, happy, prosperous and healthy again.