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Keeping Calm

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

I decided that getting upset is not working in my favor. So now I must figure out how to keep calm in the midst of disorder. Why is there disorder? My biggest reason is overscheduling that causes volunteer work to spill over into ME time. So I must reflect on how much volunteering I can really do.

When projects are scheduled I put start and stop dates. I figure out how much time the work will take and add 20% more time for problems and others who miss deadlines. I also try to estimate where the weakest link will be and anticipate the delays.

What I cannot control is flare-ups from my RA and additional medication side effects. That cost me time in my latest round of newsletter, end-of-year report, etc. I had time set aside for exercise and cooking.

So I need to budget down time for health reasons and perhaps make time delays 25%.

I also made certain under stress that I took time to do yoga, mindfulness in many ways and some naps. I am a work in progress.
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    Sandy, what I don't think you realize is how wonderfully well you handle this. You have a high level of awareness, and you really do accomplish tons, especially when you add in all your caregiving responsibilities.

    I am trying very hard to learn from your example. emoticon
    1318 days ago
    emoticon It's very important to take care of yourself first before you can help others. emoticon emoticon
    1319 days ago
    Good for you. Sounds like you are right on the money. It's easy to get sucked into volunteer work, well do I know. You have excellent reasons for scaling back.
    1319 days ago
  • KERRYG155
    Yoga is a good idea for stress relief. Glad you're rescheduling things. Looking over the things we do and the things we need to do is something we should all do sometimes and reevaluate how we are spending our time. Take care of YOU!
    1319 days ago
    I totally understand; trying to pace myself is something I have to do daily. I feel bad that I can do as much for others as I would like, but I remind myself that if I'm not feeling my best, I'm not going to be of as much help anyway.
    1319 days ago
    Finding the balance is a never-ending process! HUGS and wishing you the best.
    1319 days ago
    very smart thinking!
    1319 days ago
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