downtime and gratitude

My first full day home was productive, if not overly busy.

I ended up spending a couple hours on my studies, completing and submitting my second assignment for school as well as starting on the next unit. I also got some laundry done and changed the bedding in our room.

Yesterday wasn’t all work and no play though. I let myself sleep in later the 6:30 a.m. I was waking up at while I was in hospital, and I spent a couple hours of downtime starting a new game of Fallout 4, grabbed a nap, and generally just let myself unwind and rest without getting bored.

Today looks to be another light day, with church this morning, and our belated Thanksgiving supper tonight . I’m going to attempt to get another couple hours of studying in, but if I don’t I’m not going to beat myself up over it.

Especially coming out of hospital again, I need to build up my activity level slowly, letting myself take the downtime I need while still working on my productivity. Basically, it’s a balancing act.

I am grateful that I have things to look forward to, though. I have a Skype appointment with M on Monday as well as election coverage, work meeting on Tuesday, catch-up day on Wednesday, and giving a talk about Mental Health on Thursday, before we take Lynn for her upcoming Biopsy on Friday. Right now Thursday is looking like it’s going to be the most intense day, and I’m going to be slowly building to it.

I have definitely heard about the paper in my couple weeks absence. With no-one on the ground in town the paper has taken on more of a regional flare, which not everyone in the community has been happy with. I get that, and should be able to rectify that within the next couple weeks. I just need to start getting back into my regular routine of meetings and event coverage and the local content should begin flowing again. I do have to admit, it feels good being missed.

With any luck, and my planned admissions coming up in the future, I should be able to work with the editor in building a stockpile of work that he can draw on while I am away next time. He tried to hold on to stuff for me this time but there was unfortunately little in the pile.

I appreciate the support of my family, friends, and community while I dealt with getting my mental health back under control. The support Lynn and I have in the community is beyond anything that we could ask for, and is the reason we are proud to call Castor home,


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