I’ve been trying to keep productive during lockdown/social-isolation/whatever you want to call it. There are a few reasons for this. First, I think it helps to protect my mental health (actually I think it helps to protect most people’s mental health). Sitting around watching movies and playing video games fun for a day, maybe too but then boredom sets in, loneliness sets in, anxiety and depression set in. There is actually a ton of research to support social isolation as being contributors to both depression and suicide. So, I knew from very early on that I would have to keep a schedule, a to-do list, and make some goals for myself.
Hiking trail in the city. Gotta keep that body moving.
One of these goals was around my physical health – I need to exercise daily. And I have been. I go for two walks a day (there was may a day or two where I only did one). I try to keep the walks at the 45 minute marker. I also do at-home body-weight workout routines Not everyday but most days. It’s helpful for my chronic pain. My physio offers virtual appointments and has given me stretches and exercises to do. I do yoga every other day. Basically, I don’t want to make my health worse, and in turn I feel like I’ve improved it (a bit, I really can’t wait until I can see my chiropractor, massage therapist, and naturopath).
Also looking at starting a podcast.
Second goal was to do my 30-day self-care challenge. Well, there are just three days left of it! It’s been amazing and I also think it’s helped my mental and emotional health by purposefully allowing me to take care of my needs, including ones I don’t think about as often. Today aromatherapy is on the agenda (well tonight it is because it’s a beautiful day outside so I’m spending as much as of the afternoon out here as possible).
So excited that I got a draft done!
Third goal was to write a book. This is a book I’ve had an idea for just over a year. It’s called The Single Ladies Guide to Chronic Pain. Well, I’m happy to report that I’ve written the first draft! Having the time to actually research and write and really think about what I wanted to say and how I wanted to say it was a blessing in disguise. The book is my perspective on how to live a fabulous single lady life while dealing with chronic pain. I discuss much of what is explored in this blog but in much greater detail – dating, sex, physical health, mental health, chronic illness in the media, travel, support, coping, self-care, and budgeting/prioritizing your life. Next goal (after the next draft is written that is) is to try and get it published. While I realize that life will be more toward the normal side by the time it does (I’m being very optimistic), having goals helps me keep pushing forward in life. Even if your goals are small, set them for yourself so you can be the amazing single lady (or man, or married person, or whatever) that you are.