5,500-6,999 SparkPoints 5,634

My Mental Muscles were Challenged this Week

Friday, February 21, 2020

Starting with the no good very bad day Monday and then scattered through the week, I had plenty of mini-mental fitness tests. Tests of my patience included my parked car getting hit in a parking lot, my rights as a parent of SN child getting violated (so I addressed it and went up chain of command until corrected), battling a dysfunctional system to get my husband's procedure scheduled, trying to play catch up with everything to make up for when I was sick, teen tantrum...and more. Any you know what? In the past I might have turned to junk, and dissolved into an endless pity party of "why me?". Instead, I merely pondered those options, cried now and then, laughed with my husband, ate healthy food, took my walks, lost my marbles and put them back and moved on. I also used my mental muscles.

I focused on solutions when possible. I looked into the best rated autobody shops, politely went up chain of command as needed, broke my pile of to dos into small things I could accomplish and yell "ta da." Yes I am still hopelessly behind in work and life, but at least I am making small dents in the pile. I remind myself in the scheme of things my hassles are minor. Resilience does not spring from calm. Strength does not come without challenging the muscles often. Plus, scattered throughout the week were many wonderful things or little blessings as well.

That said, my mental muscles and my whole self would like some of this...

and less of this...

Share This Post With Others
Member Comments About This Blog Post
  • SPICY23
    Wish I was ther to emoticon em for you. Practice with a body pillow emoticon or go to the gym and pound it out emoticon ...whatever works.
    Maybe convince your DH to do this emoticon to help you envision the beach getaway.

    Glad that week is over. Hope this new one is treating you better.

    Peace and Care
    34 days ago
    you are AMAZING! i am so impressed and proud of how you managed it all! i just read the first paragraph out loud to my hubs and his response was a BIG SMILE and "good for her!"

    keep on, keeping on and be proud of your accomplishments this past week!
    36 days ago
    "Resilience does not spring from calm. Strength does not come without challenging the muscles often."

    Several months ago, I commented to my youngest DD, "Every day I pray that God will give me patience to handle what is happening in my life. I whined, "Why won't he answer my prayer?"
    Quietly, she said, "Mom, when you pray for patience, you have to practice." Needless to say, anytime I'm overwhelmed by life, I hear her wise words.

    That hammock looks so inviting. Hope you are able to find a way to recharge and relax. emoticon emoticon
    37 days ago
    sorry for your rotten week maybe this one will be so much easier Hugs
    37 days ago
    Holy rotten week! Yes, car hit in parking lot, having to advocate up the chain of command for your child’s educational rights (!), doing system vattle to get DH’s procedure scheduled, catching up from when ill . . . are we bald yet??????

    Good for you for crying – good release. Necessary. Gets rid of stress hormones. Laughter is for sure the best medicine! Healthy habits . . . .GREAT!!! Flexing mental muscles . . . great strategy, too.

    And through all this you learned, yet again, how strong and intelligent you are! KUDOS, hugs, and great job!

    HUGS and hope this week is an easier week. You've earned it!
    37 days ago
    Yep, some days I feel like that cat! Good for you for staying strong through the challenges!
    38 days ago
    What a great attitude. I'm just very impressed with how you are approaching things.

    38 days ago
    Those are some serious big wins πŸ’ͺ!!!πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†
    38 days ago
    You are a strong woman!

    38 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    38 days ago
    Geeze... what didn't the Universe throw at you... and you managed it all in a positive way. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    38 days ago
    Sounds like the week turned out really well, thanks to your own strength and perseverance. Problems and challenges can certainly be tools for character-building. Like you, I'd often just rather lie in a hammock on a beach, but I guess we have to take care of the hard stuff before we earn that beach time. Good job! Keep going!
    38 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    38 days ago
  • ELSCO55
    38 days ago
  • Add Your Comment to the Blog Post

    Log in to post a comment

    Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.