Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Knowing When to Slow Down

Part of being well and staying well is knowing how to pace yourself. Sometimes we load too much on our plates and then we get stressed out and don't do any of the things we're trying to do to our satisfaction.

My sleep is still disturbed after my trazodone withdrawal, and I'm trying not to take anything to help because I feel like then I'm just trading one chemical for another. As a result, I'm a little more tired than usual, and a little less alert.

I think I need to slow down and be kinder to my body and mind.

I am not doing well with coming up with anything to say today. In addition to it being summer and having the kids home all day and needing attention, I have a couple of other projects going--coming up with the curriculum notes for my journal class this fall, and working on a book about bipolar disorder and wellness strategies. I think I need to post a bit more sporadically...so I will try to get something up a few times a week, but I think I need to slow down a little...I'm running out of steam, I don't want to push myself so hard that I end up dropping the blog entirely. I'll still be visiting your blogs, but I don't think I can keep up the pace I've set so far!

Writing Prompt: How do you know when you are trying to do too much? What signals does you body give you? What signals does your mind give you? Do you listen?

8 comments:

Gianna said...

Jazz,
let this be a fun thing. good for you for slowing down...

but I have to wonder if you really are slowing down...working on a class and a book???

take it easy...I'll still check in everyday...I have a live feed so it involves zero effort!

be well Jazz.

Jazz said...

Gianna-
I must admit that does sound like a lot, but actually, working on a book now is nothing like it was in my twenties and thirties. Back then it was an escape and I let it suck all my energy. Now it's more of a leisurely work on it for half an hour or so and then let it be. And it's because it's something I'm interested in and feel needs to be said rather than an all-consuming story that totally takes over my mind and my every waking thought. Which was fun back then, but my first thought about going back to that kind of writing is that it's just far too draining. Maybe that's why I'm shying away from fiction writing.

I just got an email from the community ed. director asking me to proof my course description for the fall catalog, so I'm getting excited about the class!

bipolarjourney.com said...

Take time to refresh yourself with "The Artist's Way." It will come. I look forward to your work.

Jazz said...

bipolarjourney--
Yes, it may be time to dust off "The Artist's Way"...or maybe sink my teeth into her newer one, "Finding Water"...I haven't worked through that one yet. I always find Julia Cameron's work inspiring, and it often sends me back to the computer to write.

naturalgal said...

Take care

Stephany said...

You're doing so many interesting things!

Hannah said...

good for you for seeing the signs, nothing wrong with slowing down the pace xxx

Jazz said...

Stephany--
I have to do lots of things...I get bored easily! And with boredom I become irritated and impossible to live with. It's important for everyone's peace of mind to keep me occupied!

Naturalgal--
That's the idea! Thanks!

Hannah--
I consider it an accomplishment that I'm able to recognize those signs and that I'm able to say to myself, "Okay, I need to slow down." I haven't always been able to do that.