I’ve been neglecting my self-care for a bit. Between school starting, several deaths in the family, and shifts and tensions at home, I reverted to easy, indulgent “self-care”–more of harm-reduction coping means than self-care. Comfort foods, overindulgence, overuse of self-medication…resting because it’s easier and more comfortable, and during times of emotional discomfort, we (well, at least I) take comfort wherever we can. I’ve neglected the things that actually help me cope. So I’m taking the next 30 days to reestablish habits.
Specifically, I’m taking the next 30 days to reestablish habits of fitness, writing and/or creative outlet, and consistently giving my body the nutrition it needs.
Today I’m struggling with a lot of irritability, particularly with my daughter. She’s 15 months, and she’s been particularly demanding. She’s been struggling with naps for several days, and the more she struggles, the more needy she is.
This morning, I took all my vitamins for the first time in several months. That includes a multivitamin (for obvious reasons), Calcium-Magnesium-Zinc, D3, DHA/ omega 3, and 5-HTP. It’ll take a few days to a week before I really feel the effects of taking these consistently, but it starts with the first day.
I also worked out today. I’m going back to the Moms Into Fitness program I was following before, but at an accelerated pace this time. I’m not starting at the beginning, but I have definitely lost ground.
For means of marking progress, my current measurements are as follows:
- Weight: 149.5 lbs
- Bust: 37.25 in
- Waist: 32 in
- Hips: 40.25 in
- Bicep: 11.25 in
- Thigh: 24.5 in
- Calf: 15 in
I’m still battling to get my asthma under control. At the moment, I’m using a rescue inhaler at least 4 times a day. Between cardio, yoga, and more thorough allergen control in my house, I’m hoping to reduce this. I’m also working with a pulmonary specialist finally. It’ll be nice to breathe more easily.
Writing is an important part of maintaining my mental health, and I’ve felt my skills slipping. As I’ve had to write for my school assignments, I find the words come less easily. I find that I struggling to translate the images and thoughts in my mind into words. It’s a strangling feeling, and I’m hoping that regularly writing outside of school assignments will help clear off the rust.
I have also started a 30-day photo-a-day project. I’m using my actual camera, rather than my phone’s camera.
Here’s the prompt schedule.
Here’s November 2. Fall colors are my favorite.