Taking a “Me” Day

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Day 13/31

Self-care means giving yourself permission to pause.

Cecilia Tran

Today I gave myself permission to pause. I had a pajama party for one. It didn’t start out that way, but as my morning unfolded, I didn’t feel the need/desire to get out of my pjs.

I spoke with my both of my adult children, had a lovely conversation with a colleague, and watched a Hallmark movie. I took a long nap and didn’t watch the news until late afternoon. It was just what I needed after the stress of this past which was not only caused by Covid-19 but by the normal challenges that life presents.

That was today; tomorrow it is back to my normal morning routine and getting things done. I plan to try create a balance between supporting my students online, completing household tasks, and taking care of my own well being.

It isn’t going to be easy to resist the urge to keep checking news outlets for new information, or to mindlessly scroll social media; neither of which is productive. I will definitely miss watching college basketball as well as other sports.

What I am thinking a great deal about though is how this pandemic is putting so many things into perspective. It makes me think about those who do not have the same advantages that I have each day – access to a good breakfast and lunch, health insurance, or high speed internet. Being home for at least two weeks is definitely a inconvenience, but what about people who are home bound on a daily basis, who won’t be paid if they are not at work, who will be unable to visit their loved ones in hospitals or assisted living facilities? My inconvenience is really a minor blip compared to some others.

Here’s to not dwelling on the negative and looking for the positive in each day. No matter the day there is always something good to be found if we just look hard enough.

Stay well.

7 thoughts on “Taking a “Me” Day

  1. I’m reading lots of these kinds of posts tonight as we all start this new way of teaching. I’m hoping that at the end of this whole ordeal, we see many more positives than negatives. I’m thinking I might spend my first full day of not going to school in my pajamas too.

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  2. A day of rest is needed sometimes. It sounds like it was just what you needed. You put things into perspective in a beautiful way. I absolutely loved this ending – “Here’s to not dwelling on the negative and looking for the positive in each day. No matter the day there is always something good to be found if we just look hard enough.”

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  3. I’m glad you dedicated time for yourself. I definitely felt stressed today. I really liked the line: “Being home for at least two weeks is definitely a inconvenience, but what about people who are home bound on a daily basis, who won’t be paid if they are not at work, who will be unable to visit their loved ones in hospitals or assisted living facilities?” Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  4. It sounds like you are making a conscious effort to be positive and stay away from news outlets which creates more stress and anxiety.

    I worry about our students being home for a month without access to their people, their food, and their routine.

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  5. Great slice! This offers good perspective and reminders about being grateful. This whole thing has me totally weirded out. I can’t seem to grasp my feelings and I definitely can’t articulate them.

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