First ---> I second the hat! Make it a wide-brimmed hat for the best protection.
Originally Posted by sunnysandiegan
We have a busy week ahead of us, so my focus is to remember my health is very important even during chaotic times
. DH & I just made a meal plan for the week and I typed it in my calendar and "invited" him, then I whispered it to DD while she was settling down in bed (early). Drinking plenty of water is a specific goal... 60-70 ounces every day... and keeping track. Dressing nicely and walking are two things I have made habits now, so those should fall into place despite the crazy week ahead. Adding some jewelry and makeup would be the next steps and some days I take them and other days... not so much.
I wanted to report back... I did it!!!
I was sooo tired last Sunday and then felt blah and tired on Monday, felt mostly okay on Tuesday - just a little tired, then had a fever for about 36 hours starting around 4 pm on Tuesday and was out of it most of the week. I managed to focus on MY health and I did not overdo it. It was a rough parenting week with a big science fair project due for our DD plus a lot of other homework and attending the science fair (big social event at her school, where we are quite active). DD's first slumber party was this weekend, too, in celebration of her 9th birthday next week. I managed to not stress myself out preparing for any of this and I mostly focused on getting myself well. I let DH & DD do a lot of the cleaning. I broke up the food shopping in three small stops and then let DH pick up the two things I forgot. (DD & I had already, thankfully, done the planning weeks ago for the majority of the party.) I let my dad walk DD to school most mornings last week in order for me to rest. I don't recall a time, other than pregnancy, when I was so responsible towards MYSELF.
A friend on facebook commented about acting irresponsibly one day (in jest about herself) and I commented how I was acting irresponsibly because I was lounging in bed when I should have been preparing our house for the weekend houseguests. My friend told me my behavior was absolutely responsible for the circumstances. (She knew how I'd been feeling all week and she also knew about the slumber party.) That took me a few minutes to absorb. I was raised to believe that "productivity is the responsible choice" with no regard for circumstances. I feel I've finally turned a corner in respecting myself and my own health.
I went to an incredible workshop this afternoon. I dressed nicely and I WORE MAKEUP and jewelry!
I lost track of the exact ounces of water I drank each day, but I did count until I reached a minimum of 60 ounces. I drank 60 or more ounces of plain water every day, which was my goal last week.
I dressed better than one would expect (since I was ill) when walking to pick DD up from school in the afternoons, but not quite as nice as usual (nice bottoms, but casual t-shirts). I only walked half the time/distance as usual. I'm okay with both of those under the circumstances. I wore jewelry to the science fair and to my workshop today and I wore my rose quartz necklace most days. I only wore makeup today to lunch and the workshop. All good enough for me!
For the coming week, which is another busy one, my goals are:
~ to rest if I feel I need to, don't push myself to get a bunch of things done just because I am behind on several projects...
~ specifically, to be patient and loving towards myself (and others, but it's easier to be patient and loving towards others sometimes)...
~ dress nicely all week, except tomorrow (I'm getting an abyhanga, which is an Ayurvedic oil massage - oil from scalp to toes and a LOT of it - and I leave it on all day and night for maximum benefits, so nice clothes are really ridiculous!
~ drink 60+ ounces of water every day
I hope everyone feels good and does something nice for herself next week!