Taking Care of MePosted: January 24, 2010
I have to admit that as the start of the school year draws closer I’m feeling very “homesick” for school because it is where I have always been at this time of year. I am uncertain about what 2010 has in store for me and to some extent I have to literally wait and see what happens.
However there are some things I can do and have been doing to make me feel good and to take care of myself.
- I’m working hard on the sleep routine. I’ve had a couple of late nights with athletics which have shaken things up but in general the sleep is better.
- I’ve asked to be referred to another doctor for a second opinion on my ongoing anxiety/depression. I’ve been with the same doctor for seven years and I’m struggling with the medication I am on. I had to be bit assertive with the GP to get a referral but it is important so I persisted.
- I’m dipping my toe into bible reading and praying about my situation often.
- I’m talking to people. This is a big one. I’ve had in depth discussion with a couple of people about how things are going to pan out this year and what I can do to make things better.
- I’ve gone back to Weight Watchers (again) and I’m giving it a really good go (again).
- I’m trying to stay busy with purposeful stuff. I’ve been updating Little Athletics record cards, covering books for Eric, knitting and trying to do things around the house.
- I recognized that the first day of school would be a hard one for me because simply put, I won’t be there. My plan is to drop off the boys and then I’m using the voucher for a day spa treatment that my colleagues gave me when I resigned.
- I’m considering things that I can do to get myself out of the house on a regular basis during the day bearing in mind that there may not be much supply work initially. One of those things was to offer my services for 1/2 day a week in Year 1 at school (Daniel’s year level). I’ve e-mailed the teachers, offered my services and they will get back to me with a day and time that suits them with the understanding that if I get called into work I’m going into work.
- Yesterday the boys had a big athletics carnival at Ipswich. I knew it would do my head in sitting on the hill for six hours + so I volunteered as a recorder for one of the long jump pits. I still got to see both boys compete in long jump and all their track events, I was kept occupied and the recording was one less thing the long jump chief had to organise for each event.
- Today I did the grocery shopping by myself, ate a nutritious lunch and had a pedicure and manicure (there was a special offer on).
- If all else fails I have lists I can consult for what to do next although more often than not the answer is “laundry”.
So all in all, despite the fact that it is a somewhat sad time for me as school starts without me there, I’m doing my best to rise above the sadness and to keep doing things that improve my situation.