Setting limits and working on self care.

So this week has ended up a little busier than I had intended, but I am coping for the moment.

With how busy things have ended up, this afternoon/evening I am devoting to self care. I know I have work projects that I need to get done, but if I don’t let off some steam, well, they won’t be getting done anyway.

The rest of the afternoon is going to be spending time with the dogs, PS4, and then going to go see Captain Marvel in Stettler. I managed to get a workout in this morning as well, but the rest of the day was catching up on emails, an interview, event coverage, and doctor’s appointment. Added to the 12 hour day I had yesterday, I’m tired!

Self care in mental health is important. If you don’t look after yourself first, you won’t be able to look after anyone else. It’s not selfish, it’s a necessity.

My workouts are part of my self care routine, but I don’t count them because they are something I try to do every day. They are part of me working on my mental health.

Speaking with the doctor today she is happy if I can maintain a .5 FTE, which is pretty much what I’ve been doing so far. She’s not against me going back to school either, PROVIDED I pull back else where to compensate. I think that is fair.

I know I can not let myself get into the position I was in before, where I had entirely too much going on. As part of my self care, I need to take the time for me. I need to say no some things regardless if I like doing them or not.

As the doctor pointed out, once I start taking things on, it’s harder and harder to get rid of them. Which means, no matter how well I am feeling, not taking them on is the easiest course of action. It sucks, because I like keeping busy, and I like helping people. Unfortunately I can’t pour from an empty cup, as the saying goes, which means I need to focus on my priorities:

  • My mental health
  • Work
  • Home
  • Schooling

Not necessarily in that order.

It means that some stuff I will have to bow out of. I think I have to bow out of doing the auction posters for D. I have to really think about my involvement with little theatre this fall. I’ve already made the decision to pull back a bit at church because of how thin I was spreading myself.

I need to keep myself at a maintainable level.


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