Each week’s Week in Review celebrates all the things we’ve accomplished the previous week.
But one thing I’ve learned self-care is that sometimes, it’s important to choose not to do certain things.
If there’s a negative emotion that tends to plague me the most, it’s guilt. I’ve written about this before. I tend to let myself be motivated by self-deprecating emotions that scold me for all the things I’m not doing–I’m not socializing as much as I should be; I’m not eating enough fiber; I’m not hiking all of the cool hikes that I should be; I’m not getting ahead on lesson planning for next semester–rather than recognizing that sometimes, it’s an accomplishment to let something go, or recognizing that I did something else important, instead.
So for this week’s Week in Review, I’d like to celebrate the things I chose not to do by focusing on the things I chose instead.I didn’t drive down to Ft. Collins to see my boyfriend as soon as I got off work on Sunday night.
Instead, I relaxed and hung out with the bf, then stuck around my apartment for a little while and tried out a new gluten-free pancake recipe!I didn’t allow my anxiety about my revved up appetite to stop me from listening to my body or denying my hunger.Instead, I snacked when I was hungry. I even let myself push the envelope of my FODMAP reintroductions with, for instance, a larger serving of chickpeas with rice for lunch on Saturday, and ice cream alongside a Lactaid pill on Wednesday night. (If I discover Lactaid pills are effective for me, this will open up a lot of new foods.I didn’t leave staff yoga when the yoga instructor didn’t show up.
Instead, I met some cool new people and found a few cool items that were being distributed by my co-workers or had been left by guests.
Instead, I learned my lesson and will remember to carry sunscreen with me to work from now on. Oops.
I didn’t go on a six-mile hike when I was invited to on Friday night, even though I’m sure I would have seen some beautiful things and met some cool people.
Instead, I drove the grocery store (the nearest place I get cell reception) and called my Mad Bad Mommy Bommy for the first time since she got back from Germany.
I didn’t go roller skating after work, even though I considered it a couple of times. It would have brought back some very pleasant childhood memories of roller skating at the YMCA as a kid, but I acknowledged that my body was physically exhausted after long days at work and that I needed some rest.
Tell me about one thing you chose not to do this week, even though you might have thought about it, and why you made the decision that you did.