Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Practicing good self care

The last few months at work have been really challenging, with a reorg that changes my manager, and changes a lot for many other team members. There's been a swirl of negative energy & drama that makes it hard to come to work & feel positive, on even the best day. As such, I've been working hard to practice good self care.

Here are some examples of things I've done lately, to help me stay as positive as possible, during a time of a lot of drama:

  • Lots of sleep. Getting plenty of sleep is a critical component of staying healthy with lupus, and is even more important when it's also a stressful time for me. I try hard to get a minimum of 8 hours a night, but am not afraid of bumping that up to nine hours, when time permits & I feel I need it. 
  • Working out. I try to work out regularly anyway to manage my stress level (as well as for health reasons). During times of stress, I find that working out & eating well are the first that usually go, as I make excuses to treat myself. I've been better this time, mostly because I have a half marathon I'm training for. Today, for example, is one of our big reorg announcement days, & I got up extra early & ran 4 miles on the treadmill ahead of the start of my day.
  • Eating well. I've been working for years on cleaning up my diet, and reducing sugar and carbs. Because of M's eating changes, it's been timely lately based on our meal plans, etc. I've also noticed a small difference in my weight, based on reducing carbs. Not eating sugar is a clear win from an energy perspective, as well as just overall calories. I've done much better over the past month or so on staying on track than I normally do during stressful times.
  • Journaling. It was one of my 2019 goals to journal regularly, and to recap things I'm grateful for. I like the few minutes out of the day, & enjoy looking back at how I was feeling. 
  • Meditating. I've been pretty inconsistent with this one, but always find it helpful when I make the time. 
  • Planning ahead. Nothing is worse during a crazy stressful week than coming home to an empty fridge and no planned dinner. Thinking ahead to my week & planning my workouts, my menu, etc all make it so much easier to stay on track & reduce stress. 

I've had plenty of falls off of the wagon, but feel that these steps are going a long way to reduce stress. And, most importantly this time, I know I have my sabbatical coming up, which helps tremendously. I know there will be a break ahead, if I can just make it through this. What about you? How do you practice self care? Anything you'd add to the list?


  1. Good for you! Self-care is important... that being said, I suck. I just fed everyone dinner here and haven’t even made myself breakfast yet... *sigh* I’ve been in a rut for too long now and no matter how hard I try, I just can’t seem to dig myself out of it.

  2. I have lots of good intentions but don't do as well as I'd like. Walking most days is my main goal at the moment, and eating better. It will be lovely to be on sabbatical. I found I had time to really do a lot of these things when I had my year off so its much easier when not working.

  3. It's great that you are practicing good self care, which is so important to not add stress to an already stressful situation. Situations like what you are experiencing at work right now can be so hard on people. I hope yours runs more smoothly for you.

  4. Good that you are taking those steps for you!. It took me a long time to realize taking care of myself was just as important as the care I give to others.

  5. I love reading about people practicing self care. I need to heed the advice-particularly simple carbs and sugar. Blogging sort of acts like a journal for me.

  6. Good for you I try and then something comes along and blows everything up.