Last week, I mentioned a few goals for the upcoming week. They were:
- Contact Moen about getting a new faucet (#adulting)
- Buy a present for a friend with a big life change coming up
- Write and send two thank you notes I’m behind on
I successfully accomplished #2 and #3 although I’m still working on #1. Something I think gets lost in the shuffle are the other, smaller tasks I accomplish throughout the week without realizing that they add up to something big.
Other things I did last week:
- Recovered from a killer, days-long migraine
- Sold two tables that I no longer needed
- Ordered a new ottoman for my living room
It’s most important for me to point out the importance of recovering from my migraine. I had a headache for at least four days, and I think it was the result of pushing through the stress of my last trip and some other important meetings this week. Instead of prioritizing all the little things on my to do list, along with working out, I really should have focused on resting and recovering. But since I didn’t, I paid the price with an epic migraine.
One of the hardest things for me to do is rest. I have a tendency to work myself into a headache or a cold by pushing through the symptoms. Yes, even though I know the importance of listening to your body, I still don’t do it anyway. I think I can outsmart my body. I think, wow, I’ll be so proud when I get all of this done despite my headache, and I’ll still get 8 hours of sleep tonight! Well guess what, Kim, you’re not invincible, and you will actually feel much worse for quite a few days. I always figure I can outsmart my body when really my body is trying desperately to tell me to slow down. When I do finally slow down, it’s a forced slow down that is days long.
I like to think I can keep myself healthy and happy by following what seems like the perfect routine in my head. But sometimes what I need most is to admit that yes, i do need a nap today, and I need to say no to that happy hour, and that workout class actually isn’t going to make me feel better in the long run. It’s hard living with some sort of ailment that you’re constantly terrified you’ll make worse. But at some point, some more time on the couch is exactly what the doctor ordered.
This weekend has made me more thankful than ever for my wonderful friends who take care of me (and my dog!) when I push myself too hard. Balance is really hard, and it’s something we’re all constantly seeking, but sometimes a little imbalance is just what you need. In case I haven’t made myself clear, the imbalance I’m talking about here is more time sitting on the sofa. The rest of those chores can get done next week….but only if you’re feeling good enough to do them.