Ironic, I know, in the year of a pandemic when people are hyper-aware of wellness or having trouble staying healthy or worse. My heart aches for everyone affected. May you find peace of mind. I applaud all the health care workers and others working to keep us safe and well—thank you!
As I said in January, “Personally, my watchword for this year is wellness. That includes physical, mental, spiritual, and financial wellness. No crash diets or boot camps on my calendar—chocolate is always allowed, and I am a firm believer in ‘Everything in moderation.’ I will focus my energy on health, positive relationships, and exploration of activities that enhance my well-being. That means I will practice yoga and take walks, eat healthy food, get enough sleep, and take care of myself and my relationships with others. I promise I will schedule my activities to reflect my priorities, cut back on things that are not fulfilling, and give myself time to refill the well and find joy.”
How am I doing with all that? In some ways, pretty well. I’ve had time to think and meditate. I have been practicing yoga and taking walks a few times a week. I have gotten enough sleep most of the time, and tried to make up for the insomniac nights by sleeping in. And I’ve done a good job keeping in touch with loved ones by phone or email when I couldn’t see them in person, so that enhanced my relationships. Plus, I have given myself time to refill the well as needed. So far, so good!
However, I have had some anxious times, and my calorie intake is higher than normal. I am not eating as well as I planned. I am making lots of healthy soups and such, which is great. But I’m eating more sweets than usual. Baking relieves stress, and I have to eat what I cook, right? And there have been more days when I want that glass of wine with dinner. Oh well.
What I’m most proud of: I am being gentle with myself. I’m not beating myself up when I don’t or can’t do things like I used to. I’m not worrying about my weight right now—I can lose the extra pounds later. I’ve cut back on some of my usual writing and volunteer work because some of it was cancelled and some of it I just didn’t have energy for at this time. I can get back to those things later, or find a new work-life balance as time goes on. I can deal with that.
Take care of yourself. May you find your own balance in this crazy world. I’m thinking of you. We’ll make it through this year, together.