I recently read an article from Inc. titled Work. Sleep, Family, Fitness, or Friends: Pick Three. While it was written to describe the struggles of entrepreneurs dilemma, it really spoke to me with my current dilemma with my chronic pain flare up. The concept of the article is that it impossible to do all of these successfully and that you have to pick your three most important areas if you want to excel.
The Importance of Self Care
It was reading this article that made me realize that it didn’t say anything about the energy it requires to take care of your self… and I think that is a trap that those of us with, and even those without, chronic pain often fall into. We may be doing well just choosing three…. for awhile. But the reality is we all need to focus on taking care of yourself. Sometimes that IS fitness, or getting more sleep. But often, our priorities get out of wack and we let one of the most important of all of them go to the wayside and even feel like failures for not being able to do more.
Be the Turtle Even If You are the Hare
Timely as we approach Easter, but I have to reference the Turtle and the Hare. We all know the story; slow and steady wins the race. But when you are the hare and always wanting to run at full speed, it is so freaking hard to accept that you really do have to take it one day at a time, and if you can only manage work, self care, and sleep and nothing else, its ok. Thats how you slowly build up your energy and allow yourself to heal.