I have fallen prey to stress and have been overwhelmed with the challenges I am faced with. Today for the first time in a while I feel some relief. I hope it is long lasting. I am distinctively more able to relax and breathe air today in a restorative way.
My plan for today is to apply for a family scholarship with the YMCA (again). I have a poor track record of taking the family to the YMCA when I have had a membership, but I can easily say that was because of a situation that may have resolved by now.
For the past month I have been going to physical therapy for neck pain that is the result of being rear ended on I-5 in early 2014 (as best as I can figure). My physical therapist has found that my posture (or lack of it) is also part of why my neck pain from that accident hasn’t resolved.
I need to pay closer attention to my body’s needs and practice more self-care. I’ve had many wake-up calls, culminating today in my commitment to join the Y and make the most of membership. My wake up calls include receiving a diagnosis of diabetes type 2 (this has supposedly gone into remission) and seeing the scale climb about 10 pounds in 2 months.
I believe that part of a better self-care program would include structuring my time to include regular and frequent physical activity, time to myself on a daily basis for reflection and to express gratitude, arts & crafts activities and fun family summer activities I can do with the twins.
Joining the YMCA is a chance to do all of the above, and I just need to make time in my day everyday for it. Another opportunity I don’t want to miss while the weather holds is going to parks this summer with the kids and watching them grow and develop.
I am grateful that I had the clarity of mind to realize that I have self-care needs that aren’t being met. I believe I will be 100 percent better off if I carve out a couple of hours per day to dedicate to positive activities that are also goal-oriented. I also believe that as I begin to feel better, my relationships with family and friends will improve and I will feel more able to meet my obligations and commitments.