Quote of the day
“There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither.” – Alan Cohen
I am grateful for:
Being given the chance to rest for a little whilst today.
What did I discover about myself?
I’m a workaholic!
Okay, so that’s not really new.
I’ve always suspected that I had a strong Type A streak but I really thought I was getting better at building a routine that allowed for breaks.
Wait, who am I kidding?
I have a 3.5-year-old whose idea of rest is roughhousing with me at naptime and enumerating all the many reasons why he can’t sleep.
And why I couldn’t either.
But know better, do better, right?
Confronted once more with my workaholic tendencies and then completely laid low by a massive migraine courtesy of eyewear that really needs “recalibrating” combined with hours of working on my laptop, I was forced to re-evaluate how I work.
I realised that whilst I’ve installed apps (such as Stretchly and Toggl) designed to give me a break from screens, I don’t necessarily use them.
And I really should not just for my eyes but also for my back, which start hurting when I work too much on my laptop. I probably need to get a more ergonomic workspace.
So, now my focus is on creating a better routine and eventually altering my environment to better suit my needs.
Thank you, migraine!
What was the best thing that happened to me today?
I never thought I’d say it but it was the migraine.
The best thing to happen to me today was the migraine for reasons stated above.
What or who made today unforgettable?
I imagine Little Son said something funny today that I told myself I should write down and naturally, promptly forgot.
One mosaic lost forever.
All I could remember of today was that I was mostly in bed, that I stayed away from screens as soon as I finished updating a post.
Because I reckon that extended work early in the morning was the culprit – along with possible dehydration and the fact that I fell asleep last night with my head at an awkward angle and I suspect that I didn’t move an inch from the position.
Actually, I was totally blaming my sleeping position.
I just remembered something really funny.
So, of course, LS wanted to know why I had a headache today and I had to explain that it’s because I fell asleep with too many pillows so my head was at an awkward angle, causing a stiff neck and the resulting headache.
Naptime came and he wanted to sleep on my chest, the way he did as a baby.
We were both dozing off, when I heard a sleepy voice saying, “Mam, wake up. You can’t fall asleep. Or you’ll get a headache.”
Three times this happened until I was about ready to scream.
Now, I understand why sleep deprivation has been questioned?
Is it a form of torture or not?
I vote yes!
3 amazing things that happened today
1. I was able to get much-needed rest.
2. I marvelled once again at my son’s ability to process and remember information.
3. I didn’t rail against my migraine or beat myself up for it (trust me, this one is a major win).
How much stress did I experience?
Not as much as I normally would’ve when I’m in pain.
I honestly think this journaling experience is really helping me look for the positive things that happen every day.
Is there something exceptionally good that I can write about?
It casts a brilliant light on things I would’ve otherwise dismissed.
Why did it take me so long to do this again?
Did I do something that was out my comfort zone?
Yes, I just sat with the pain and didn’t try to kick myself for it.
What can I do better tomorrow?
Lots of sleep.
And I think start cutting back on LS’ naps.